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06. property The Penthouse, Monmouth Road, Ponsard Road

Notting Hill 17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU 020 7727 1717

14. DESIGN: EUROTRASH Bin around the world… 16. DESIGN: A MODERN MAN Hero of sexy interiors, Domus Life caught up with Hudson & Mercer’s Sam Chapman… 20. PROPERTY Portobello Road, Stanhope Terrace, Westbourne Gardens 26. PEOPLE: EUROVISION The continent of creativity, Domus Life speaks to three of Europe’s coolest names…

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30. PROPERTY Blenheim Crescent, Durham Terrace, Monmouth Place, Harcourt Terrace 38. ARCHITECTURE: BEHIND THE FAÇADE Domus Life profiles architecture’s greatest hero, Mr David Adjaye



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50. TRAVEL: SUMMER SUN Our pick of some of Europe’s most indulgent hotels delivering the perfect package 54. PROPERTY Scampston Mews, Westbourne Gardens, Cambridge Gardens, Gunterstone Road 62. LANDSCAPE DESIGN: HOME GROWN Domus Life pays homage to Europe’s most spectacular gardens and its designers to match

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66. PROPERTY Clarendon Works, Summerfield Avenue, Crediton Road, Lonsdale Road 74. PHOTOGRAPHY: IN FOCUS Fashion world’s favourite and global photography superstar, John-Paul Pietrus, on living life in colour… 78. PROPERTY Durham Terrace, Westbourne Grove, Kensington Park Mews, Bovingdon Road, Battersea Park Road

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88. ARCHITECTURE: DESIGN SHOW Exhibiting the world’s hottest artists, Domus Life visits Europe’s most impressive architect-designed spaces…

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98. DESIGN: ICONIC We look to Ukraine’s VELONIA and the VIKS bike for one of the cycling world’s most iconic design pieces

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Summer is on its way... In line with our favourite season, what other place to feel inspired by than Europe, whether it’s the architecture, design, culture, spaces or simply people. Welcome to our Euro issue‌

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MAXXI [Rome] by Zaha Hadid Š Bernard Touillon


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NO LIMITS Ingenious construction delivers London’s coolest penthouse space THE PENTHOUSE, W11 £10,500,000 Iconic five-bedroom penthouse Studio RHE epc=c

Designed and completed by Studio RHE seven years ago, this space-age inspired penthouse on Lansdowne Crescent is out of this world. It measures just under 4,000 sq ft, and is built on top of two neighbouring 1930s apartment blocks: a new storey was added to each building to link the large, open-plan living space by a phenomenal glass bridge. 7


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A mixture of laser-cut curved stainless-steel columns and extensive glass throughout creates a frameless envelope. The double-curvature moving glass roof panels fill the property with a bounty of natural light and outstanding panoramic views of west London and beyond. “The Penthouse uses the latest technology to create an unparalleled space for modern living�, says Studio RHE. One of many examples include its glass-dual access, providing private entry to the top two floors, granted by Iris Recognition System activating the external lighting and lift. Internal fittings include a moulded-GRP coving, which holds hidden light fixtures, and a staircase formed from reclaimed railway sleepers and concealed LED strips. As a five-bedroom property, The Penthouse is beyond impressive and would undoubtedly suit a contemporary family or any young Londoner to deliver the ultimate city playground. The Penthouse also includes a modern kitchen and bar, a snug, second kitchen and three bathrooms. And for those moments when you need to feel on top of the world, the rooftop garden is unrivalled. Read our interview with Studio RHE at 9

super house An extraordinary Bayswater gem


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Set back from one of London’s most highly sought-after streets, this classic semi-detached family home has five bedrooms, off-street parking and an exceptional west-facing garden. Presented in immaculate condition, the current owners purchased the property over five years ago, and it’s now a modern home with beautiful lateral living spaces, primarily arranged over the raised ground and lower ground floor. Divided into three distinct zones, the ground floor incorporates a formal reception space to the front of the house that leads first to a relaxed media room and then to a sitting room at the rear. The formal reception is a spectacular feature of the house, filled with natural light from floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open out onto an elevated Juliet balcony overlooking the Italian-style garden below.

“The moment we walked into the living room, which we sometimes refer to as the garden room or the sun room, we knew this was the house we were looking for,” said the owners. “The light into the room and the view of the garden were just spectacular, and it felt instantly homely and peaceful.”

The owners define their design concept as “contemporary with a mix of new furniture and iconic antique pieces”. They styled their home themselves with the help of Helen Reed Designs at Change That Room.

The equally bright lower ground floor is occupied by the vast kitchen and dining space, as well as a guest bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The level leads directly out to the garden – perfect for summer entertaining and family living. On the first floor, there’s the large master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, dressing area and balcony, with views of the garden. There are three double bedrooms and one family bathroom on the upper floors of the property.

MONMOUTH ROAD, W2 £5,950,000 Classic five-bedroom family home Styled by the owners with Change That Room epc=d 11

natural beauty One of Kensal Green’s greatest hidden treasures Formally a Victorian vestry, this three-floor, unique property offers a dynamic and urban home with a cool, industrial style. The groundfloor entrance hall leads immediately to the property’s two interconnecting reception rooms. Choose from the vast open-plan kitchen and dining space or snug lounge. Unmatched for its volume, high ceilings and dazzling bright feel, the first floor features original wood floors and cornice detail, and an all-wood kitchen, giving it an undisputed retro farmhouse vibe. The adjoining lounge is super stylish, with reclaimed wood, gorgeous leathers and furs reminiscent of chalet interiors. Both rooms lead to an enclosed patio garden via floor-to-ceiling windows.


The upper floors comprise five double bedrooms, including two en suite, two family bathrooms and a cool roof terrace with incredible, far-reaching views. Approached by a private gated driveway with off-street parking, the property includes the main house and a separate one-bedroom annex. The location is an absolute winner, with Ponsard Road a stone’s throw from Kensal Green, while neighbouring Queen’s Park and Notting Hill are close by too.

PONSARD ROAD, NW10 £1,350 per week, long let [Admin fees apply] Dynamic five-bedroom house Styled by the owners epc=d

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It looks like a crumpled piece of waste paper – form and content united.

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An award-winning waste basket that swallows more litter as you fill it.

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man Sam Chapman, founder of design firm Hudson & Mercer, is the undisputed hero of sexy interiors and contemporary luxury. We spoke to the man whose name is on everyone’s lips. All Sam Chapman and Hudson & Mercer photography © Philip Durrant

In an industry where the pendulum of male influence can swing from severely masculine to overtly flamboyant, Hudson & Mercer’s interiors have the discreet good looks of a well-tailored suit. At the helm is Sam Chapman. Quiet and extremely knowledgeable, he has worked with the architects, developers, agents and interior designers who have shaped the look of the capital for the last 20 years. Little that has happened in prime Central London has passed him by. Yet he doesn’t shout about his success. Instead, tucked away in a Chelsea studio, Chapman’s company has been making a name for itself amongst an informed band of development partners, landowners and private clients. 16

Drawing together a team of established architectural and interior designers, Hudson & Mercer use the influence of their global backgrounds to create a collaborative approach, offering up fresh thinking in a niche market where an obvious overspend on interiors is fast becoming the emperor’s new clothes. If the recent recession did any good at all, it has been to redress the balance between good taste and money, and allow companies like Hudson & Mercer to re-educate us on the finer matters of elegant and tasteful living, tempering the formulaic approach that many big design houses suffer from. With a healthy respect for fine design from the past, considerable time is spent scouring the globe,

sourcing and acquiring special and individual pieces, which are then married with the work of artisan designers here in the UK. This approach is ingrained in Chapman after an idyllic start in life on a West Country farm, watching his father and local artisans restore and refurbish furniture, lighting and decorative pieces, while also creating the antiques of the future in their private workshops and studios. These practices inspire Hudson & Mercer to this day, as they seek to build the story behind their interiors and the pieces that they use. Chapman believes that everything and everyone has a story to tell, and it’s worth taking the time and trouble to listen: “it makes what we do a little bit more meaningful and gives our work more relevance”, he says.

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Recent projects include The Russell, an apartment in a listed building overlooking The Piazza in Covent Garden, a building that was once a

grand hotel. The first floor, where Hudson & Mercer were engaged, was used for luggage storage and so it had a strangely industrial architecture – providing the team with an enigmatic space full of original features, including halfcrescent floor-up windows. The completed interior is a wonderful mixture of custom-made furniture, antiques and found pieces, some supplied by the owner, who is a private collector. It’s an engaging space – but above all, it’s a home and it’s comfortable.

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It’s refreshing to come across a company that shuns the obvious fashions of the day and has no time for the overly ostentatious or industrial luxe. It’s this approach that has seen the company come to the forefront with developers and private clients, with properties ranging from Grade II-listed buildings to contemporary new-build apartments.

Hudson & Mercer were also chosen by the team behind the regeneration of King’s Cross, to develop interiors for the public spaces within Gasholders, the apartment buildings inside the ‘Siamese’ triplet frames. It’s a much anticipated phase of the development, and as well as the lobby reception, the team is working on a library and residents club, private bar and dining room, a screening room and the spa. They are also designing a bespoke gallery and show apartment on the edge of the Regent’s Canal for the same client.

Today, the plans on the table in their Chelsea studio include a boutique townhouse hotel in Belgium, private family homes in Scotland and Colombia, a retreat in the south of France and a small family estate in the east of England. Nobody can deny the diversity of work on offer or the expertise of the team to meet this demand. Inspiration for such a wide range of projects comes from a variety of places, however the team collectively cite London as their number-one

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sourcebook for ideas. For Chapman, personal favourites include the work of Tel Aviv-based architects Pitsou Kedem and Rogelio Salmona’s Torres Del Parque in Bogota. It is, he says, “a true masterpiece that is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. So monumental and yet very humane. This is the building that I wish I had designed and one that I wish architects today would refer to in their consideration of brick as a relevant material for tall buildings.” In more recent times Chapman’s influences are, he says, “anyone

who has managed to stick to their principles and make a living. At the moment there is a virulent scene in Paris and the Benelux countries, of like-minded architects and designers such as Joseph Dirand, Giles et Boissier and Christophe Delcourt; modernists who are showing people that minimalism isn’t about big white boxes!”

big white boxes. “Touché,” he says, “my home has been in Notting Hill for a long time and I think it always will be as long as I live in London. It’s diverse, but in a different way now, with different cultures and nationalities, with their own unique way of living, replacing the historic class divide that was dressed up as bohemia.”

Outside the day job, Chapman confesses that he lives in and loves Notting Hill, a location that has inspired a London aesthetic born of

And with that he’s off, just walking, just wandering, absorbing what’s around him and looking at how this can translate into the next set

of drawings. One man who’s happy with his world.

Read our extended interview with Sam Chapman of Hudson & Mercer at

Hudson & Mercer Worlds End Studios 132 – 134 Lots Road London SW10 19


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A sensational property with a modern industrialist design, recently refurbished by CUBIC Studios and furnished by House to Hold. The bold concept has ripped through the entire period fabric of a terraced building. “We demolished everything behind the front façade,” said CUBIC, “and rebuilt four floors from the ground up, where three previously existed.”

Skilfully redefining a building with a unique modern style

The property now presents an extraordinarily individual and muscular-designed maisonette balancing superb living spaces with generous bedrooms and bathrooms. Set on the ground and lower ground floor of a Victorian townhouse, it includes a living space, kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. With no shortage of concrete, iron and copper on display, the home exudes a solid industrial veneer mixed with

softer natural tones from engineered-wood flooring. There’s lots of natural light from an impressive light well, and a living green wall. The unrivalled location is on the North Kensington stretch of Portobello Road, on the doorstep of Golborne Road and its cool hangouts.

PORTOBELLO ROAD, W10 £895 per week, long let [Admin fees apply] Urban two-bedroom maisonette CUBIC Studios with House to Hold epc=d 21

luxe living Effortless style and glamour on Stanhope Terrace

A stone’s throw from Hyde Park and Connaught Village, this luxurious apartment extends over the entire floor of one of Lancaster Gate’s grandest stucco-fronted buildings. Beautifully presented throughout, the property measures over 2,000 sq ft, as well as a private west-facing garden – the perfect city oasis for the summer. The building itself has been comprehensively refurbished in recent years to retain many of its original features. There are two entrances, via the main building or a private door, and the property includes a west-facing bay-fronted reception room with views of the private patio garden. With beautiful light and classic design flair, the space is perfectly suited for sumptuous entertaining.


The property also includes a bespoke Nicholas Anthony kitchen and breakfast area, and a master bathroom with an indulgent dressing area. The en-suite bathroom is tiled in Bisazza mosaic, with a double-sized rain shower and free-standing bath. There’s a second bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, as well as a guest bedroom and bathroom.

STANHOPE TERRACE, W2 £2,595,000 Lateral three-bedroom garden apartment Styled by the owners epc=c

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scandi style An inspired space for a London lifestyle


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This Notting Hill apartment demonstrates just how effective simple yet meticulous design features – space, light, clean lines and function – can be when paired together. These assets form an integral part of Scandinavian design, something the owner wanted to achieve from day one, and something he has produced with beautiful effect. Purchased recently, the owner undertook a complete renovation that involved opening up the third-floor kitchen, dining room and lounge, and adding a contemporary banquette to provide a dining space and social hub. Inspired by mid-century and contemporary Scandinavian style, the owner opted for a neutral palette of white, black and wood tones. The bespoke kitchen was manufactured by Pronorm. Sleek in

style and intelligent in design, the space includes top of-the-range appliances and Silestone quartz work surfaces.

The flat also offered an abundance of natural light that I couldn’t turn down.”

Upstairs, the owner changed the bedroom configurations to provide two generous sleeping spaces, both with en-suite bathrooms and their own private balconies. Brilliantly light and bright, the property’s contemporary feel shines through the white-washed oak flooring, fully integrated Sonos music system and various retro furniture pieces curated by Augustus Reaves. The owner says: “The property stood out for me because of its location, proximity to the centre of Notting Hill and the appeal of the street itself: a beautiful, quiet, tree-lined street with some of the most impressive architecture in London.

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eurovision The continent of creativity, originality and intrigue, Europe’s residents definitely make it all the more interesting. Domus Life meets three of its success stories‌


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JOÃO PEDRO VASCONCELOS / WRONG WEATHER porto, portugal As one of the most exciting and innovative fashion spaces in Portugal, Wrong Weather is the perfect fusion of fashion, art and design for the contemporary man. Founded by João Pedro Vasconcelos, his goal was to create a unique experience for his customers, with designers including J.W.Anderson, Christopher Kane, Kenzo and Rick Owens.

How did you get into fashion? I started my career as a graphic designer with my first client being ModaLisboa at the time of their appearance at Lisbon Fashion Week. From there I really got into the fashion industry with various clients from Lisbon and Porto. What’s been your career highlight? I don’t really think of them as highlights. Each and every one of my projects has been incredibly important to me, whether it’s been in fashion, art or design. They have all made me grow as a person. Wrong Weather has a gallery space too – what do you love about art? Everyone at Wrong Weather loves

art. It makes us happy and the world a better place. Which architect did you employ for the Wrong Weather space? It was incredibly important to me that we worked with the latest, freshest names in architecture and design. We initially collaborated with Nuno Paiva from Lisbon, and later developed the store with Italy’s Francesco Moncada. Wrong Weather is always evolving and so we’re working on a refresh right now too. What do you love about Porto? Its strong character with a soft side too. Porto is a city that embraces creativity with hard work. It’s full of so many galleries and museums,

textile and fashion outlets, amazing buildings and iconic architecture. Wherever you go there is originality, whether it’s something very established or underground in feel. What’s the best thing about summer in Porto? The sun, the beach, the festivals and just simply the summer nights. What other European city could you live in? It would have to be London. I lived there for four years and loved it. I did miss the sea though. What’s your secret spot in Porto? There are many but I especially love Palacio de Cristal and its

gardens. It’s a beautiful dome building in the middle of a park in the city centre. One of my favourite things to do is to just walk around it, soaking up some art and its amazing views. What’s your favourite word in the Portuguese language? This might sound cliché for any Portuguese but it has to be ‘Saudade’. It’s a melancholic word that means ‘just like we are’; missing someone with nostalgia. Read our extended interview with João Pedro Vasconcelos atãopedrovasconcelos WRONGWEATHER.NET 27

JAKOB MUNK / BUTCHERS & BICYCLES COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Butchers & Bicyles, established in 2013, represents a new era of urban cargo biking. Based in Copenhagen, it was founded by three design engineers: Morten Wagener, Morten Mogensen and Jakob Munk. Jakob trained at the Institute for Architecture & Design at the University of Aalborg in 2003, and in the course of his career has worked behind the scenes for a number of well-known Danish and international brands.

Describe the concept of Butchers & Bicycles. Butchers & Bicycles creates transportation bikes intended to change the lives of the families who own them. Our first-ever product was a leaning three-wheeled cargo bike that rides just like a normal bike, but with room for children and groceries in the front box.

How did you get involved in design? Ever since I could hold a pencil, I have been drawing all kinds of things. I think the need to create something originates from these years and it was only a matter of me choosing to be an architect or a designer - I chose the latter, and I’m pretty sure I made the right choice.

Where’s home for you in Copenhagen? An apartment in an old motorcycle factory from the 1950s in an area of Copenhagen called Frederiksberg. It’s a wonderful place with lots of atmosphere and daylight; two essentials for my family.

How will you spend the summer? My family and I will be in Denmark, for the first time in many years. We’ll take a couple of weeks in a small summer cottage on the west coast. It’s a lovely and very unspoilt place surrounded by the elements.


How do you relax? Spending time outdoors; nothing relaxes me more than the smells and sounds of nature.

Read our extended interview with Jakob Munk at

What’s your favourite Copenhagen drinking spot? It has to be Lidkoeb in an area called Vesterbro. You won’t find a better place for a stylish and cosy Nordic atmosphere.


Copenhagen aside, what other European city could you live in? I’m a big fan of Berlin and so it would be there, or perhaps even Barcelona.

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FABIENNE BOULAND / COFFEE CONCEPTS AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS Founded by sisters Fabienne and Pelou Bouland and their friend Tedje Fliers, Coffee Concepts is a novel combination of services all under one roof; coffee shop, bookshop, gallery, juice bar… and marketing agency. Located in a stunning corner house in the Old South area of the city with the Vondelpark as a backyard, Coffee Concepts is now one of Amsterdam’s hottest hangouts.

Tell us about the concept behind Coffee Concepts… My sister and I have always wanted to do something with coffee, ever since we were very little. After studies, we had little work experience and so simply decided to do what we have always wanted to do: coffee, marketing and communications. Who are your clients? We recently worked on the Grazia Fashion Awards and the launch of Happy in Shape magazine. There are also a lot of very cool restaurants on our books, including Van and Rijn, Vodelpark 3, Woo Bros and Odessa, while brands include So Patron Tequila, Absolute Vodka and Suprega.

Recently, we have become more involved with various art projects which are really inspiring, notably the Dutch Design Week. As a firm, we have always said that we would only work with companies that we have a feeling with and like; if you don’t, no one will believe your story. Coffee Concepts often holds art exhibitions – what do you love about the medium? Art inspires! It’s so personal, while the work that’s there in comparison to the story behind it, is always so much more. Who are your favourite artists? I love Jeff Koons and his almost hysterical combination of colours

and materials. For fine arts, Joseph Cals is unique while I’m really into the work of Carli Hermes, a Dutch photographer.

What is your favourite drinking spot in Amsterdam? The bar at MOMO. They do amazing cocktails and great food.

Do you consider Amsterdam to be one of Europe’s most creative cities? Definitely, the architecture is so special and inspiring. It’s one of a kind. There are also so many new businesses, emerging design people and artists.

What do you love about Amsterdam? How you can do everything on your bike. It’s so easy going with such relaxed people and different cultures mixing it up.

Where else could you live in Europe? I would say Paris. I find it so beautiful and the language is so flattering. The architecture throughout, from the parks to the buildings are totally my style, while the fashion and food are so good.

Where do you go to feel inspired? New York! Read our extended interview with Fabienne Bouland at


big is back What is black, white and cool all over?

At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that this property is a warehouse conversion overlooking the Thames; it’s actually the top two floors of a Victorian villa on Blenheim Crescent, in the heart of Notting Hill. With huge, double-height vaulted ceilings and massive picture windows, the look is industrial chic at its very best. The property features a contemporary, fully integrated kitchen alongside a utility room and guest shower space on the lower level. The top floor includes two good-sized bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms and access to a private, south-facing balcony for views of the surrounding neighbourhood.


BLENHEIM CRESCENT, W11 ÂŁ4,200,000 Epic two-bedroom upper maisonette Created by the owner epc=c

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The magnificent simplicity is breathtaking: white walls, black floors and natural light let the architecture do the talking



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white out A rejuvenated apartment with a new lease of life

This garden maisonette in one of Notting Hill’s most desired enclaves was purchased by the landlord and interior designer over three years ago. They were after a light, bright space to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of London. “We relished the opportunity to take this unmodernised central London flat into the 21st-century with a complete renovation and refurbishment,” they reveal. The project included a two-storey extension, structural reconfiguration and a full renovation in a conservation area. Retaining its beautiful period features, including large sash windows and high ceilings, the proportions and space of the property allow it to be incredibly sociable and conducive to entertaining. With a perhaps unconventional layout, the generous open-plan

reception, dining and kitchen space occupy the upper level of the home. The contemporary, sky-lit kitchen is well designed offering fully integrated appliances and views of the garden below. The property also includes two good-sized bedrooms: the master bedroom presents a stylish en-suite shower room and direct access to a small terrace. The prime outdoor space, an additional private patio garden, can be accessed from the raised ground floor. DURHAM TERRACE, W2 £1,250 per week, long let [Admin fees apply] Flawless two-bedroom apartment Miranda Lockhart Interiors epc=d 33

The kitchen and dining area is light, bright and entirely white, all of which only add to the wow factor


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california dreaming A pied-à-terre for the future Tucked away on a quiet mews, this zesty apartment fizzes with modern character and style. The landlords purchased the property early 2013 and reveal, “When we walked in for the first time it was like a squat. It hadn’t been refurbished for 20 years: the carpets were mouldy and the paint peeling!” Two months later, they completely gutted it, moving the kitchen from the top floor to the bottom, the bedroom from the bottom floor to the top, and opened up the terrace to the living room. “In essence, we wanted to make the apartment a super-spacious one bed as opposed to a cramped two bed”. Spanning three levels, the second floor plays host to the sensational living area with

exposed-brick walls and steel units that give it an urban twist, and city-loft feel. “We especially love the reclaimed bricks which we hunted down from a brickyard in north London.” The first floor is occupied by an open-plan kitchen and dining area, while the second floor is a beautifully light master bedroom with a his-andhers en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe.

MONMOUTH PLACE, W2 £995 per week, short let [Admin fees apply] £750 per week, long let [Admin fees apply] Contemporary one-bedroom triplex Styled by the owner epc=d


open living Inspired open-plan living paired with chic, stylish design

Wow…This is definitely our hang out for summer. Located just off the Hollywood Road in Chelsea, this fabulous two-bedroom apartment features an incredible private garden. Recently refurbished, the property offers fantastic open-plan living, and, although set at basement level, it’s amazingly bright and spacious, thanks to the large bi-folding doors that stretch the entire width of the main reception room. Luxurious and sophisticated from top-to-bottom, the formal reception area has been finished with carefully chosen furniture and beautiful attention to detail. The room also includes space for dining, and adjoins the contemporary kitchen, making the property superb for entertaining. There are two generous-sized bedrooms, both with a very stylish finish, one en-suite


bathroom and one family bathroom. Saving the best until last, the garden is jaw-dropping with manicured lawns, budding borders and leafy walls. Recessed with wood decking in parts, the space actively embraces the idea of outside living. Situated in one of Chelsea’s most desirable pockets, the area is sought after for its proximity to the King’s Road and the Fulham Road.

HARCOURT TERRACE, SW10 £1,125 per week, long let [Admin fees apply] Elegant two-bedroom garden flat Styled by the owners epc=d

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faÇade All hail the undisputed king of architecture, Mr David Adjaye. In line with Domus Nova’s instruction of one of his greatest feats, Silverlight, Domus Life explored the inspiring realm of Adjaye Associates…

If there were a year to crown David Adjaye’s list of considerable achievements, 2015 would certainly be the one in which to plan a coronation and confirm the importance of the African-British architect. Less than six months ago Adjaye attended the groundbreaking ceremony for his new $500 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History in Washington DC, which was attended by Barack and Michelle Obama. Hailed as one of the most important new US cultural centres of recent years, and destined to be the last major museum on the National Mall, work is underway and the press interest surrounding its build is huge. Adjaye reveals: “It’s a new kind of new museum which is really about a narrative about people and a country.” Back home, Adjaye’s practice has just announced a radical new £600 million scheme to redevelop six individual buildings on Piccadilly, Dover Street and Berkeley Street into 38

one single ten-storey block, renamed One Berkeley Street. The new London icon will transform this corner of Piccadilly and create a significant landmark testament to David Adjaye. “The design objective is to provide a beautiful addition to the Piccadilly streetscape and create a building worthy of being opposite The Ritz,” say the firm. At the [still] tender age of 45, Adjaye has achieved what other architects of his calibre take a lifetime to master. With notable international projects in Moscow [Skolkovo School of Management], Oslo [Nobel Peace Centre], the USA [Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver] and the Middle East [Msheireb Downtown district in Doha] to name but a few, as well as a body of superlative work in the UK, Adjaye was recognised for his services to global architecture with an OBE in 2007. The son of a Ghanaian diplomat whose formative years were spent

in Tanzania, Ghana, Jeddah, Cairo, Yemen and Beirut before the family settled in London 30 years ago, Adjaye is something of an ambassador for his art, promoting the virtue of new ideas to those with a mind to embrace them. Just as the breed of new British artists and designers that he has designed homes for, Alexander McQueen, Sue Webster and Tim Noble, and Juergen Teller amongst them, claim him as their own, so Adjaye has spread his wings and made his mark with his architecture, represented in Europe, Asia, Africa, The Middle East and the USA. One of his clients, artist Lorna Simpson, for whom Adjaye designed a studio building in Brooklyn, remarks on his qualities, influences and interests: “There’s Bauhaus in it”, she says.“But also the places where he grew up as a child – ornament, pattern, the way light comes in, different things from different places. He’s very keen on the way architecture serves the people in it.”

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David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates Š Ed Reeve




01. lost house London, 2004 02. dirty house London, 2002 03. IDEA STORE / WHITECHAPEL ROAD London, 2005 04. MOSCOW SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, SKOLKOVO Moscow, 2010


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Adjaye graduated in 1993 and in the same year won a RIBA bronze medal, awarded to Part 1 projects. Soon after, short terms of work followed at David Chipperfield in London and Eduardo Souto de Moura in Porto, “For me it was incredibly important because, as a young student, you know, you saw lots of architects present, it was always kind of, very glamorous or fantastical things. But actually to work in the studios of architects that I respected, confirmed to me that there was a way of making practice which was not kind of crazy, but it was about a certain intellectual pursuit, and really a way of life.” With such inspiration, Adjaye established a practice with William Russell called Adjaye & Russell within a year. In 2000 he took the plunge and opened the doors on his own business, and never looked back. Early successes were largely generated around private residences and properties such as Dirty House [2002], the home that he designed for artists Sue Webster and Tim Noble. Pair this with Sunken House [2007], a blackened timber clad house



that is a complete contrast to the Victorian Villas in the surrounding De Beauvoir street, and Silverlight [2009], the re-imagination of the canal-side site of an old powder puff factory in Kensal Rise, which is now available for sale for the first time, through Domus Nova. It would have been very easy to continue building the reputation of the architect and his practice on such firm foundations, but Adjaye’s yearning for involvement in public spaces and civic buildings took over. From there on Adjaye’s professional presence on the stage of world architecture began to build, and through his choice of projects we perhaps begin to see something of a man behind the drawing board. In London, the Ideas Store in Poplar [2004] and Whitechapel [2005] turned the idea of presenting public information to a multi-cultural local audience on its head. In the same vein, the creation of the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Lewisham [2007] is both a testament to the murdered architecture

student and a place of knowledge and support for the local Caribbean and African communities. Adjaye’s acclaimed Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo [2005] challenged the perception of the organisation with a permanent presentation of the work of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates. The Moscow School of Management, Skolkovo [2010] is equally thought provoking and will showcase the academic capabilities of Moscow to the west. In the same vein, the Smithsonian Museum will show how far African American culture has come. Roused by the prospect of opportunity, Adjaye continues to be inspired by the world we live in now and the world we will live in tomorrow, “What’s interesting about architecture is that I think we live in an age which actually has so much opportunity in it, but I think that for me it represents a fantastic opportunity to find a future,” says Adjaye. “For me, architecture provides an opportunity to define what the future is. And I’m deeply moved by that”. 41

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Yet for all of his glory money does not maketh the man, and it’s through his love and support of Africa that some of Adjaye’s most personally important projects have emerged. The Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Foundation building in Libreville, Gabon will educate women about their entitlement, protection and education, whilst the Cape Coast Slavery Museum in Ghana will portray the culture of the country and encourage a response to the role of slavery in its history. The construction of a completely new business district in Kampala, Uganda will see the country compete for business on a world stage. Today Adjaye is working with Standseven to raise money for Ebola hit communities in Sierra Leone through the creation of product design, sold in the West to raise funds. Adjaye spent 11 years revisiting the continent of his birth, travelling through every single country to better acquaint himself with its history, culture and geography. The diversity and pace of change inspired a public exhibition of his personal snapshots, which became a book, Adjaye Africa Architecture. In this, Adjaye charts some of the greatest environmental and developmental changes happening in Africa right now, from the reinvention of historic towns and

cities to the creation of completely new residential districts. “I realised that geography was playing a much more fundamental role in the way these cities were being formed than the citizens themselves realised. It was that overview that made me understand and bring geography much more to the centre of my practice. Geography for me was… realising that the ecology of each place really profoundly and psychologically and subconsciously affects even generic building systems.” Using his skill as an architect and the weight of his name as an opinion former, Adjaye hopes to help favour support for Africa, and through this, use architecture to make sense of some of the chaotic environments that he encountered, promoting further change and giving the continent its own platform in a changing world. It’s a topic that his followers are often obsessed by: that he’s a black man in an occupation which, in Europe and the United States, is predominately very white. Something Adjaye admits he has become incredibly weary of, though his heritage is not something he considers as insignificant. “I can’t win with this one, everyone seems to have a view on it”, says Adjaye. “I am an architect first of all, whose background is complex. I use the continent of Africa as a background, but I also grew up in London”.

With current and planned commissions banked for several years ahead, Adjaye has said that there are no plans to seek further work at present. The completion of the Smithsonian Museum, his current opus, might prove to be a catalyst for further change in a life that has already been exalted with an OBE, RIBA and Stirling Prize medals, a role on the advisory board of the London School of Economics, visiting professorships of Harvard and Princeton universities, and a place on the roll call of Britain’s most powerful and influential people. For Adjaye, Africa seems to be a lifelong project where he plans to spend considerably more time there in the future, being part of its evolution. Adjaye is recently married, has a ten year old son and is yet to turn 50, so the world is still his oyster. For someone who feels that they still have so much to give, his finest work may still be yet to come. Read our extended feature on David Adjaye at

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silverlight, W10 £5,500,000 Groundbreaking house Adjaye Associates epc=c


London. The city is known for its archetypal houses of centuries past, and for being one of the most pioneering cities for revolutionary architecture – it pushes the boundaries like nowhere else. And when you see a property such as Silverlight by David Adjaye, arguably the world’s most pioneering architect, you realise just what an incredible city we live in for creativity and design.

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On the market for the first time since its construction, Silverlight is an outstanding feat of engineering. Envisaged by its current owner, who worked closely with David Adjaye when he purchased the site in December 2001. The concept for the award-winning new-build home was to respond to its urban context; located on a narrow strip of land between the busy Harrow Road and the Grand Union Canal. Though the original plan was to convert the existing industrial Victorian building – a disused powder-puff factory – Adjaye suggested demolishing it to create an entirely new building. Including planning, the project took almost seven years to complete, with two and a half years on the actual build. Asked why Silverlight is reportedly one of Adjaye’s own mostrevered residential projects to date, the owner reveals: “To be honest, I don’t know what initially drew him to it and why so much, but he spent a great deal of time on it. It’s due to feature in a new Thames & Hudson

book next year on David’s houses, so I guess it’s hugely significant.” Strikingly discreet despite being a gargantuan construction, the main volume of Silverlight follows the boundary line of the adjacent listed Victorian pub building that sits to the east. With a silver exterior, the north façade has very few details bar the horizontal lines [from its cladding system] that relate to the window heights of the older building to the west of the site. The north façade also has very few openings but avoids any gloominess thanks to its aluminium cladding. With the availability of light and views in the direction of the canal, the south façade features more windows. The vertical height of the Grand Canal skyline is broken by Silverlight’s two-storey extension, a triangular plan that fits the angles between the road and the canal. The height of the extension successfully connects with the roofs of the neighbouring workshop and buildings across the canal, allowing

Silverlight to gracefully blend into its surroundings. “Unique, unexpected and playful”, three words that the owner uses to describe Silverlight, and ones that couldn’t be more appropriate. Organised as a series of parallel spaces that move from one condition to another, each of Silverlight’s floors is consistent with its purpose while largely independent of the arrangements above or below. “Although the new floors are open to the south, the singularity of this arrangement is obscured by changes to the section of the façade: the mirrored slots overlooking the canal, the enclosed court on the first floor, and the colonnaded gallery on the second floor”, reveals Adjaye. Whether it be the submersed-feel of the basement to the screened forecourt at ground level, the sense of enclosure in the guest and music rooms compared with the vast privacy of the master bedroom, the relaxed formality of the living space, and the open outlooks of the

roof terrace, the house offers varying spaces for different activities and functions, and states of mind. It’s in this context that one can’t ignore the internal staircases, perhaps one of Silverlight’s greatest features, which support the feeling of choice and continuity throughout. Immediate thought goes to the colossal concrete-clad structure connecting three floors, from the ground floor entrance foyer to the second-floor reception space. Aside from instantly promoting Adjaye’s emphasis on light, distinctive materials, and the play between the positive and the negative, the construction acts as a void to separate the main house from the street outside. A play on colour by its strobelight banister —switching between green, red, blue and purple — emphasises Silverlight’s drama while cascading shafts of light from skylights above deliver intensity. 47

Once in Silverlight’s apex: the monumental, double-height living space, a towering staircase will blow your mind. As if floating, heavy-duty stainless steel sides define the structure while punched metal incorporates the steps and glass screens the sides. Actively zoning the entire space, the infinite lounge, dining area and kitchen become separate entities. With a tag perhaps of ‘London’s greatest party space’, it’s also one of the most soothing urban retreats where noise and disturbance are left outside for pure Zen inside. The owner’s use of materials within Silverlight is never more apparent than here – all the internal surfaces are left unpainted and finished with 48

different materials – with mirrored surfaces, concrete-fashioned furniture and woodchip ceilings completing the feel that nothing is inexhaustible or outside the realms of possibility. The use of mirrors allows the outside to come in, with streaming light from all directions and reflections from the canal. From the lacquered surfaces of recycled glass and torn notes of money in the master bedroom, to the tortoiseshell spectacle-frame sheet material from the 1980s on the dressing area walls – the room is awe-inspiring. The dressing space is perhaps the most beguiling. With bamboo-stalk walls and polished wood surfaces so perfect you want to lie across them all day; the space has

an insanely cool Brazilian feel to it. High-impact lighting gives it a dose of nightlife, while various mirrors allow the ripple effects of the Canal’s waters to reverberate throughout. Colour reigns supreme in Silverlight. The zesty-green kitchen dispels the myth that the only way to design success is by an all-white, sleeksurfaced contemporary kitchen. Deep purple rules the roost in one of the guest bedrooms, while burnt orange makes an appearance in one of the bathrooms, and vibrant red in the entrance foyer and internal garage space. In brief, Silverlight includes four bedrooms, a vast living space, kitchen, home office / utility room,

wet bar, internal parking space, a south-facing terrace and roof garden. The detail and the precision of Silverlight is abounding. As the owner says, “living in Silverlight for nearly fifteen years now can only be labelled as luxurious. It’s been an incredible experience to call somewhere home which has such beautifully proportioned spaces within and where every detail has been incessantly thought out.” We could talk about it forever but then, hey, there isn’t anything better than the real thing…

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Package holidays on the continent can often be bland, but Europe also delivers some of the world’s most idyllic and indulgent resorts. We headed to some of our coast-hugging favourites. The perfect package, some may say‌


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A one-time winery, now turned garden retreat with all the rustic charms of eastern Sicily, Zash is breathtaking. Located close to nature reserves and sandy beaches, and with views of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea, the hotel delivers a slice of historic Sicily within a contemporary setting.

One of the most sophisticated boutique hotels we’ve ever visited, Villa Mahal is an unadulterated treat. Nestling on a hillside in Kalkan Bay, every inch of the resort offers a perfect slice of the Turkish Mediterranean and the Lycian Coast. The approach along a dusty track makes Villa Mahal all the more enchanting, with its 13 unique all-white rooms, each offering stunning picturesque sea views. A true hideaway, handpicked by owner Ipek over 25 years ago when she first moved to Kalkan, Villa Mahal was once labelled Conde Nast’s most romantic boutique hotel in Europe. No shock there.

Belonging to the Maugeri family since the 1930s, Zash was recently modernised by Antonio Iraci of Antonio Iraci Architects, partner to interior designer and owner Carla Maugeri. Refined in its design and rural in its context, Antonio and Carla took cues from the surrounding Sicilian countryside to deliver a hotel that showcases its environment from the magic of a magnificent 1930s manor house. The transparency of Zash is evident from the start: there are wide rebuilt windows in each room, as well as colossal glass walls. Looking inward, Antonio restored many of its original elements, including volcanic stone cladding and oak floorboards. It’s hardly a surprise that Antonio was awarded the ‘Ischia International Architecture Award for Excellence in Architecture’ for his work on the hotel.

The blue ribbon is undoubtedly The Villa, a private house with a contemporary and minimalist style, creating what is Kalkan’s most elegant and luxurious abode. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows, your own infinity pool and 24-hour butler, the villa is perfect for those who want the absolute best.




As a beach club open to the public, an in-house spa, and award-winning restaurant, Villa Mahal is the place to go when in Kalkan. Tucked on the edge of paradise, it will restore, refresh and invigorate you inside-out.

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hotel lone ROVINJ, CROATIA

Wow… When you hear that a hotel is ‘first and foremost about the beach’, you know it means business. Inspired by Corsica’s natural elements, La Plage Casadelmar is a blend of beautiful raw ingredients that together complement its unrivalled coastal location. With only three villas and the main hotel building, a swimming pool and a private white sand beach, the resort feels incredibly private and bespoke.

Located in Rovinj, Hotel Lone is undoubtedly pioneering and definitely something a little different for Croatia. Designed by collaborative architecture studio 3LHD, Hotel Lone is like a luxury cruise liner burrowed in the Croatian hillside, where minimalist, captivating curves are shaped to mirror the area’s unique landscape of thick forests and the Mediterranean Sea.

It was completely redeveloped in 2012 by award-winning French architect Jean-François Bodin – also responsible for the Casadelmar, its sister property, reached by a five-minute shuttle boat. Old stone forms the main structure of the building with volcanic rock, resin, glass, cement and 300-year-old oak ensuring simple lines that harmoniously sit with the stunning views and landscape. The interior is equally beguiling with its bright simplicity and understated colour schemes: sand-hued browns, vivid azure blues, whites, beiges and creams, all in keeping and inspired by life on the beach.

Admittedly self-obsessed with the integration of architecture, art and landscape, 3LHD’s approach is beautifully evident at this design-conscious hotel where confident architectural and design components reign supreme.

With daybeds by the contemporary pool, a beach grill restaurant and cool lounge bar, there’s absolutely no reason why you would ever want to leave.


The five-star hotel incorporates 248 bedrooms in total [236 rooms and 12 suites], of which the majority have views of the speckled-island coast, thanks to the building’s curvature. Graced with cool white stones and mirrors, the lobby encourages the natural beauty of the surrounding area to flood the hotel’s interior from the start, while floor-toceiling windows in the bedrooms make you atone with nature and locally grown lavender, rosemary and olives.


bohemian LUXE A mews house with an enchanting touch of west London style


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This house is a slice of the good life – quite literally. A wedge-shaped building, neatly tucked away in the corner of a hidden mews overlooking a small park, modern-day party animals will love this house and its two separate entrances, one from Scampston Mews and one from Bramley Road.

The winning ticket is an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, beautifully arranged in a natural style so synonymous with the west London area. Where else would you get rawhide rugs, Aztec prints, lace-covered tables, oversized mirrors and wall-mounted moose heads?

The house was originally two properties, now knocked into one – hence the two front doors. This gives the home unusual angles, differing elevations and all together unique layout.

The kitchen, functional and beautifully designed, plays a supporting role and occupies the corner of the ground-floor wedge, with stairs leading to the bedrooms above.

A modern makeover has resulted in a bright and airy space with double-height ceilings on the ground floor. The presence of a proper study on the ground floor brings a live/work element to this house while the reception room, defined by huge pillars, is a great space for entertaining.

Unusually for a mews house, there are three bedrooms, each offering a different aspect of this North Kensington location. Where the master bedroom is delightfully finished with neutrals and pastels, and cocoon-like in its appeal, bedrooms two and three offer up a fantastic place for friends to stay.

SCAMPSTON MEWS, W10 £1,100 per week, long let [Admin fees apply] Eclectic three-bedroom mews house Styled by the owners epc=e


Recently refurbished throughout, its modern finish delivers a bright and refreshing feel amongst the property’s original detail


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rose tinted One of the most stylish additions to Westbourne Village

Set on the first floor of a stunning period terrace in Notting Hill, this one-bedroom home has been exquisitely designed to present a picture-perfect pad.

modern decadence. The room is open plan to the contemporary kitchen and dining area, allowing for a very refined and stylish entertaining space.

The owner, a design writer who has worked at The New York Times through to Wallpaper* purchased the property in 2013 and previously lived in Los Angeles in a super modern 1950s-style home. “When I moved back to Notting Hill, I was after something very quintessential of the area - achingly tall windows, wood floors, ornate fireplaces and over-the-top wedding cake cornice work,” she reveals. No other place showcases its qualities better than the impressive formal reception room with its dual aspect overlooking the communal garden square. Gorgeous rose hues, pastel pinks and soft greys make it all the more sensuous and inviting, adding to the owner’s overall concept of

The remainder of the home includes a bright bedroom, a smart bathroom, separate laundry room and a fantastic wrap-around terrace, accessed via large French patio doors from the living space.

WESTBOURNE GARDENS, W2 £850 per week, short let [Admin fees apply] Dreamy one-bedroom apartment Styled by the owner with Robin Harvey Langston-Jones epc=d 57

LIGHT TOUCH See the light with this refined and effortless home

Located on North Kensington’s Cambridge Gardens, this sensational garden apartment offers awesome lateral living and one of the best private gardens for summer. Accessed by its own private entrance on the lower ground floor of a beautiful double-fronted villa, the property includes three light-filled bedrooms, two bathrooms and an elegant reception room that adjoins the modern kitchen and dining space. Free flowing into each other, the living spaces are superb for entertaining while the kitchen and dining area enjoy direct access and views of the vast garden by floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. With oversized stone paving and manicured garden beds, the space is a stunning retreat to enjoy in summer.


CAMBRIDGE GARDENS, W10 ÂŁ1,850,000 Lateral three-bedroom apartment Styled by the owners epc=e

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Walled and with large trees at its edges, the garden is incredibly private with the feel of utter seclusion


the summer house A Victorian conversion transformed into one of west London’s greatest family homes


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Located in West Kensington, this phenomenal seven-bedroom home is unrivalled for family living. Houses in this area were historically developed as residences for classic scholars, close to famous concert halls and schools of music and drama. The houses were built purposefully wide with generous reception rooms to allow for home entertaining, recitals and concerts – and the area has been home to Gustav Holst, Edward Elgar and Freddie Mercury. Purchased by the current owners in 2006, a family of five, they moved from east London where they had also made a family home from two flats. “We wanted to repeat the project and so searched for a house with volume and interest,” they said. “We loved the architectural interpretation of the Victorian era and the generous size of the houses in

the area. For us, nowhere in the house felt like a compromise; it offered infinite possibilities.” Working with local architect, PS Architecture, the couple played an integral part in the restructure, invariably definite about what they wanted and how it should look. The overall finish is one of respect for the old but with a place for the new. The freehold property now presents ample living space, with a family room on the lower ground floor and a bespoke Boffi kitchen, dining and formal reception on the raised ground floor, all of which can be opened out to the spectacular garden outside. “The layout allowed us to naturally put the kitchen at the heart of the home, which meant we could capture the best light and create the most practical layout, while still having separate areas for formal and informal entertaining.

The basement level, currently used as a play room is the same, but as it directly links to the garden, it means that the space has infinite other uses too. Light is everywhere in this property. “It’s the type of property that makes you feel good”, says the owner. The rest of the home includes seven large bedrooms, five bathrooms, a self-contained studio flat and the all-impressive garden, south facing of course.

GUNTERSTONE ROAD, W14 £4,250,000 Outstanding seven-bedroom house Styled by the owners with PS Architecture epc=d 61

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grown With a refined sophistication and classic elegance, Europe is home to some of the most beautiful gardens and expert landscape designers. We explore some of the best‌


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Piet Oudolf, from the Netherlands, is one of the most significant and acclaimed landscape designers in the world. As a leading name in the New Perennial movement, Oudolf ’s works are defined by a strong pictorial relationship to a garden’s layout and composition. Inspired by nature, art and time, Oudolf ’s gardens are fulfilled by spaces of naturalistic planting, using swathes of grasses and perennials paired with structured pathways, shrubs and trees.

This incredible family home, located on the outskirts of Amsterdam, was designed and owned by prominent Dutch architect and interior designer Piet Boon. Its sensational garden was in turn completed by Oudolf, also one of his greatest friends. The garden, which fits perfectly with the house, combines all the advantages of the big city and the harmony and tranquillity of nature. The BBC named it one of the 80-most beautiful private gardens in the world.


Featuring two private terraces, a beautiful lawn garden with an infinity pool and a pond used as an outdoor pool, the space is

spectacular. Oudolf ’s concept was to create a simple, yet strong garden that would suit the formality of the house, while also delivering an experience from the terraces and the swimming pool. “It’s a garden for garden lovers but also for anyone that works in the garden or the home,” says Oudolf. Although he was inspired by classical formal gardens, Oudolf wanted to give it a contemporary touch.

planting that included Eupatorium Maculatum ‘Atropurpureum’, Filipendula rubra ‘Magnifica’, Persicaria amplexicaule ‘Firedance’ and Miscanthus ‘Malepartus’. The clipped hedges were Boxwood, while all others were Beech and the tall, curved hedges were a variety of different shrubs.

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the designer

the garden

Working in the south of France for over 15 years, James Basson, B.A. Hons Garden Design, MSGD, and SCAPE DESIGN have established a reputation for creating low-maintenance gardens that mix modern design with traditional skills. Creating timeless, sustainable landscapes that are sympathetic to the natural environment, the firm use young plants that are compatible with the native climate and soil, requiring little, if any, irrigation.

Located in the south of France, near Monaco, SCAPE DESIGN’s brief was to design a garden for this prestigious villa. The clients specified a unified approach to the three individual properties on the site, while maintaining privacy for the interconnected spaces. They also required the garden to have no irrigation and very low maintenance.


SCAPE DESIGN planted over 500 different species, laid out in a matrix using bands of grey and green foliage. They paid attention to height, varying colours and a layout relevant to shade or sun, with year-round seasonal interest. The pool area in particular showcases

the clean-cut simplicity of the space where the crisp edging of the paving contrasts with the complexity of the planting — mixing the feel of a natural landscape with contemporary design. Traditional techniques, including the dry stone walls, reflect the historical agricultural land use of the area, and ensure the end result is a garden completely in harmony with its surrounding landscape. The garden is now on its way to being self-sustaining, an important part of SCAPE DESIGN’s philosophy. Throughout the build, local materials and craftsmen were used wherever possible.

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the designer

the garden

doxiadis+ is an award-winning Athens-based firm committed to excellence in contemporary landscape design. Their philosophy is founded on the complexity of the design process, taking a holistic approach to any project, regardless of its scale. The firm was founded by Thomas Doxiadis, who was born in Athens and studied at the Harvard University of Architecture. doxiadis+ is based in Athens and has offices in Hamburg and London.

Set on a hilltop above the stunning landscapes of Porto Heli, Amanzoe – a hotel from the Aman Group – is simply spectacular. Drawing its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for peace, and zoe, the Greek word for life, Amanzoe’s philosophy pays respect to its beautiful Peloponnese countryside surroundings and coastline. The hotel instructed doxiadis+ to take care of the landscape architecture – they wanted a garden that would seamlessly enhance the existing landscape.


Reintroducing natural elements synonymous with Greece and its landscape, the firm’s focus was on the surrounding area’s pine forests,

vineyards, olive and carob trees, wheat fields, aromatic vegetation and stone agricultural walls. doxiadis+ played with various qualities and sensations, from refined to wild, to provide not only a beautiful landscape, but one that belonged to the area too. The techniques used throughout had environmental gains, ensuring that they retained the local biodiversity and landscape history, and minimalised water usage and the need for pesticides and chemicals. The firm made sure to keep the construction footprint on the environment as low as possible. 65

work it A dramatic dose of Manhattan style in Clarendon Cross

It’s rare to find restoration and reinvention on the same page, yet moreno:masey Architecture Studio has skilfully managed to combine the two over the past seven years. Nowhere is this more evident than in the practice’s reinterpretation of Clarendon Works, a former Victorian brickmaking factory in the heart of Notting Hill. With a background in residential development, and more recent involvement in some of London’s best-known restaurants, practice director Rodrigo Moreno Masey brought a wealth of knowledge of commercial spaces and their possibilities to Clarendon Works. The history of the property is beautifully conveyed through the use of raw materials, combining heavy metal, wood and stone with elegance. The landlord purchased the property in 2011.


He says: “Clarendon Works is such an iconic building and a unique part of the area’s history. I lusted after the site for 30 years before I was finally able to buy it.” The conversion is arranged over five floors with a creative, cosmopolitan feel and large amounts of natural light throughout. The ground floor includes a sexy contemporary kitchen and dining area and an integral garage that could also be used as an office, while the indulgent basement level has a cinema room, gym and wine cellar. The first floor boasts a wonderful reception area with exposed brick and masculine tones. On the second floor are three spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms, while the entire top floor is given over to the phenomenal master bedroom complete with an open bathroom, vaulted ceilings and a private terrace.

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CLARENDON WORKS, W11 ÂŁ6,500 per week, long let [Admin fees apply] Unique four-bedroom conversion moreno:masey Architecture Studio epc=d


The side-return extension on the kitchen maximises the space, with overhead skylights and walls of glass: an exhilarating room for daily family living and entertaining


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queen of hearts A breath of fresh air in Queen’s Park

This recently refurbished home on Summerfield Avenue – one of Queen’s Park’s most desirable roads – ticks all the boxes for the modern-day family.

Situated in a gorgeous tree-lined street in Queen’s Park, the property is close to both Kensal Rise, Notting Hill and Maida Vale.

Arranged over three floors, this freehold house features bright and well-proportioned rooms throughout. The ground floor’s lateral, open-plan living space incorporates a formal lounge and a phenomenal kitchen and dining area. The space further leads out onto a fantastic south-facing garden. The first floor includes a spacious master bedroom with an en-suite shower room, plus two sizeable guest bedrooms and a family bathroom. With ivory-painted walls and floors, all spaces are exceptionally bright. As part of its recent renovation, the owners also converted the loft level to create an additional good-sized bedroom or study.

SUMMERFIELD AVENUE, NW6 £2,195,000 Revived four-bedroom family house Styled by the owners epc=e 69


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natural collection A seriously cool home with a chic je ne sais quoi

This four-bedroom house in arguably one of Kensal Rise’s most sought-after locations is a shining example of how family living can still be sexy. With dark woods, rich hues and statement furniture throughout, the property is instantly beguiling.

The four bedrooms are all on the upper levels, including three double bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor, while the master bedroom suite, on the second floor, has its own private bathroom and dressing room.

With superb living space, the front of the property presents a double-length reception room with high ceilings, a gentle nude colour palette and a large south-facing bay window. Beautiful smoked-oak floors extend to the contemporary kitchen – open plan and light filled, it’s a brilliant room for entertaining.

Crediton Road is parallel to Chamberlayne Road, on the doorstep of the hustle and bustle of Kensal Rise. Notting Hill, North Kensington and Queen’s Park are also nearby.

Beyond an informal lounge area, large bi-folding doors lead to the generous laid-to-lawn garden, creating a harmonious relationship between the outside and in.

CREDITON ROAD, NW10 £2,200,000 Sleek four-bedroom house Styled by the owners epc=d 71

raw beauty If you’re after the ultimate Notting Hill pad, look no further

Designed by a local architect and interior designer, this dramatic house delivers unique, contemporary living in the heart of Notting Hill. Internally, the property offers an open entrance space which extends onto a floating cast-iron staircase, linking the entrance area to the reception space below. On the lower level, you are instantly aware of the sense of space and volume that surrounds you, due to the impressive vaulted void above. The walls – poured concrete and exposed brickwork – add to the raw drama of this incredible room. Though very Notting Hill, the ultra-sultry interiors remind you of Barcelona and Buenos Aires. To complete this space, there’s a dining area and fully equipped kitchen. The first-floor formal reception room is incredibly sleek and sexy, and features a


cool study space, dark herringbone wood floors and access to a private balcony. The master bedroom suite dominates the second floor and features a fabulous en-suite bathroom. The guest bedrooms and en-suite bathroom occupy the top floor. With unbroken 360-degree views of the surrounding area, an awesome private roof terrace sits atop the third floor.

LONSDALE ROAD, W11 £2,000 per week, long let [Admin fees apply] Phenomenal three-bedroom house Redesigned by the owners epc=f

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focus Fashion world’s favourite and global photography superstar, John-Paul Pietrus, on living life in colour…

By the time he had reached adulthood, artist and photographer John-Paul Pietrus’ life had already spanned three continents and four countries. Born in the Philippines, of Filipino-Polish-American heritage, John-Paul was raised in the United States before relocating to Hong Kong and then to London, from where he often commutes to China. A self-proclaimed global citizen, his work has featured in some of the world’s most high-profile galleries, exhibition spaces and magazines. Fine art isn’t a family trait: when pressed on where his career began, Pietrus believes that it just chose him. “Growing up I came into contact with creative people from all sorts of backgrounds who inspired me to find my own niche. It never occurred to me to do anything else.” As a student at the acclaimed Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Pietrus honed his fine art skills, using photography and image74

making as the basis for a career as a photographer and film maker. With the commercial world far from his thoughts, Pietrus’ career took a sideways curve after graduation, when he was picked up by MTV and a news magazine. After working for some time as a daily news photographer, he moved across to fashion, a shift that eventually brought him to London for editorial and commercial assignments, art commissions, and filmmaking. Today he is a well-known fashion photographer whose images are characterised by vibrant and dynamic compositions that are emblematic of the creative energy of the industry, and which also hark back to his fine arts roots. He readily admits that he loves to photograph fashion and people, to capture personality and the creativity that goes into the creation of the looks that we see played out on the catwalk and in our magazines and newspapers. Establishing itself in recent years as a collectible art form,

fashion photography has created some of the most iconic images and historical referencing of the last 100 years. Pietrus recently signed an exclusive international contract with Modern Art Etc Gallery in Los Angeles, which represents his archival limited edition fine art prints of Fashion in Landscape. A great observer of life, Pietrus likes to photograph “pretty much everything”. It’s an art form that brings enormous pleasure as well as career recognition. His work has been exhibited internationally at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, MoMA PS1 in New York, CAFA in Beijing, Stazione Leopolda in Florence, and The Study Gallery [now KUBE] in Poole. His commercial clients have included Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Lancel and Adidas, and he is regularly published in international editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Elle, Esquire and 7th Man magazine, where he holds the position of Editor-at-Large.

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OUT OF THE OFFICE AND INTO THE FIRE Patricia van der Vliet, Morocco, 2014 Š John-Paul Pietrus


01. CHARLIE JAMES London, 2014 02. naomi campbell London, 2014 03. grace bol Morocco, 2014 All below photography © John-Paul Pietrus


With the likes of David Bailey and Terry Richardson defining their career by the women they have photographed, we asked Pietrus if he has a modern muse. “Many beautiful women have served to repeatedly inspire me including Marianne Schroeder, Kine Diouf, Debra Shaw and Marisa Heath.” He continues, “The one who immediately comes to mind is Zuzana Macasova. She no longer models, but there was a time I would request her for every job. She never failed to inspire and there was a time I thought I was in love with her, as much as I could be as a gay man. We share a friendship which has lasted to this day.” So would a photograph of Macasova qualify as the best you have taken? “Probably not,” he admits. “I have 76


taken photographs which have seemed perfect for a day, but then I grow tired of them. Sometimes I like them again later on. I never really think about the ‘perfect photograph’. I do think ‘this is a perfect moment’ and I would like to preserve it through photography, but then it lacks the tastes, smells, and sounds then present. That keeps me constantly trying harder and I think it’s what drives every photographer on.” It’s no great surprise that the fashion industry is full of chaos and characters, and Pietrus has worked with some of the biggest names, including Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Eva Herzigová. Striking a friendship with Naomi Campbell led to his appointment as photographer on The


Face UK in 2013. Being called a “sweetie” by Naomi Campbell in front of millions is something that no other photographer can lay claim to and is indicative of the respect that Pietrus holds amongst his peers. In a world where the digital age is diminishing the importance of so many other industries, photography and image-making reigns. Yet for many professionals, the idea of a life played out in pictures is removing the mystique associated with the medium. Pietrus comments, “For many, such a life for all to see is normal. I find it hugely obtrusive, very self promoting and commercial. I think it would be more credible if people didn’t strive to have so many ‘likes’ or followers, but rather be judged on the quality of what we are displaying than statistics.

That said, Instagram is a great platform to showcase work and garner opinion.” Behind the camera, Pietrus is equally an art director as he is a photographer, directing poses, imitating, emulating and generally making his subjects consider how to portray the looks and products of the day. Where he encourages characterisation on shoots, you wonder if it’s this attitude that has inspired some of his former subjects to pursue careers in film and theatre. It has encouraged Pietrus to take up film once again, as part of a movement of Super-8 fans using traditional and natural forms of film to weave loose narratives and sequences together. As a long-standing player in an industry known to churn people

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04. EAU YES! Caroline Bittencourt & Mariana Weickert, Paris, 2002 © John-Paul Pietrus 05. john paul PIETRUS © Doc Martin


in and out, how would Pietrus advise a budding photographer? “Get the fundamentals right. Do photography because you love it, the creativity and the process; because it is in your blood. Don’t do it if you simply want a ‘rock-n-roll’ celebrity lifestyle and glamour. It’s shallow, wrong and won’t last.” So who does he cite as a future name to watch? “I love the work of Simen Johan and Harley Weir. Both are very talented and I especially enjoy looking at the work of those that have a different viewpoint to my own.” On the topic of the greats that have inspired him, Pietrus is quick to acclaim architecture and landscape photographer Andreas Gursky, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, and anybody from Magnum. “Yes, fashion


photography is fabulous, but I truly admire work that has more of a social and political impact.”

and respect those who are around us even if we don’t always feel like it,” Pietrus says.

Resident in London for almost two decades, Pietrus cites his neighbourhood of Notting Hill and home on Kensington Park Road as a daily inspiration: “I love the diversity, in every sense that London has to offer: people, art, music, food, the neighborhoods all feeling unique. It is a wonderful place to be and I never fail to get excited when I fly back and know that I’m home.”

So what’s next for Pietrus? “Oh, so much,” he says, “Other than working on lots of interesting projects, I think this will be the summer of love: for friends, family, and also romantic love. My nephew will be performing at New York’s Carnegie Hall in June, and so I want to see that for sure. Family holidays on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, where we go annually, are in sight, as is a further summer holiday – probably Italy.”

“Aside from where I live, I find inspiration in true goodness, honesty, humility, integrity, and charity. These elements all inspire me to be a better person, a better artist and I think it is very important to honour

“I have also just formed a relationship with Modern Art Etc Gallery in Los Angeles. They now handle all of my archival-artist, limited-edition print sales of Fashion in Landscape

photos I have taken and I am planning an exhibition with them. All the while I’m starting to work on the next issue of 7th Man and a book which I plan to release within the year.” A busy man indeed, John- Paul is typical of the new bohemia in Notting Hill, a self-assured artist, film maker and photographer with a glittering career, who will no doubt reach even greater heights. Read our extended interview with John-Paul Pietrus at John-Paul Pietrus will exhibit with Modern Art Etc [Los Angeles] from 06 - 20 May 2015 John-Paul Pietrus Instagram: johnpaulpietrus 77

Effortlessly cool, we love how the owner’s global influences and inspiration shine through


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retro cool Eclectic, vibrant and stylish

This two-bedroom pad is set on the third and fourth floors of a beautiful period conversion of tree-lined Durham Terrace.

Westbourne Grove, the apartment is in the perfect position for all that Notting Hill and Bayswater have to offer.

With an abundance of natural light, the property is instantly appealing, and acts as the perfect canvas for the current owner’s unique collection of furniture and art. The apartment features fantastic open-plan living space incorporating a considered yet relaxed lounge area, modern kitchen and room for dining. There are two bright double bedrooms and one bathroom, as well as two balcony spaces accessed by the lower floor and also one of the bedrooms. Located in Westbourne Village and close to

DURHAM TERRACE, W2 ÂŁ1,650,000 Stylish two-bedroom apartment Styled by the owners epc=d


what a view Welcome to seventh heaven…

Positioned on the upper floors of a period building on Westbourne Grove, this modern two-bedroom apartment has an awesome private terrace and some of the best views in west London.

“Our inspiration was simply to have a smart property that used spaced intelligently”, say the owners. “We’re also huge believers in using art to give feature and colour.”

Purchased by the current owners in 2012, they admit that they were immediately attracted by the amount of natural light and space it had. “The terrace is south facing and overlooks one of the best sections of Westbourne Grove, while still sufficiently ‘above’ to be peaceful and an incredible space to simply enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace.”

The property includes two double bedrooms, an en-suite bathroom and a guest shower room. But the game changer for this property is quite easily the private terrace where large floor-toceiling windows allow the space to blend seamlessly with the rest of the home.

Though it appears effortless now, it took the owners six months to complete the entire renovation which involved gutting both floors, and opening up the top floor and stairwells to maximise light.


WESTBOURNE GROVE, W11 £1,850,000 Superb two-bedroom apartment Styled by the owners with Jeremy Hamerton epc=d

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With that view, Scandinavian-inspired dĂŠcor and contemporary statement furniture, what else do you need?



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mews living A versatile mews home with immense sophistication

Mews houses have always had a cult following, but some were dark and poky, and didn’t feel much like home. Thankfully, architects, developers and private homeowners have realised the potential of these houses and are redeveloping them into amazing properties. This stunning house is a perfect example.

play room, utility room and shower room in the basement, the rest of the home includes an incredible living space, incorporating a calming formal reception area, contemporary kitchen and room for dining. The first floor space features awesome natural light, enhancing the refreshing feel even more.

Kensington Park Mews is a secure and private gated mews development in the heart of Notting Hill, just off Kensington Park Road. With its warming village atmosphere in the week and bustling market vibe at weekends, the area is full of character. Kensington Park Mews is the perfect urban retreat, when you need a break from it all.

Upstairs, you’ll find an indulgent master bedroom occupying the entire second floor and two further bedrooms, bathrooms and a study on the third floor.

The recently modernised property is one of the only homes within the mews with a developed basement level, so uses all four levels superbly. With a media /

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hidden gem What happened when Fulham got a sexy dose of Brazilian design…

A sensational, newly refurbished property owned and designed by a Brazilian architect, fusing South American contemporary style, custom finishes and perfect execution. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, the owner’s main inspiration was her vibrant home city, where natural materials and light were paramount – oak and walnut, polished concrete, glass, brick and colourful ceramic tiles - as the Brazilians say, “carioca”. The property was purchased in May 2012. As soon as the owner and her husband viewed the property, they knew it was for them: “Even though the style of the house was very different from what it is today, it had an amazing energy to it,” they reveal. “It was one of the widest houses we had seen in the area, and, more importantly, the garden was south facing with a beautiful, towering palm tree.


We fell in love with it!” The house was completely refurbished with one overarching idea: “Big spaces with an open-plan layout for entertaining,” say the owners. “We wanted our own zones with minimal intrusion; fewer rooms with more equality.” Loving every space in the house, the owners wanted to ensure that they used it too: “We love working in the office every day, with the staircase and bespokedesigned furniture in view. Relaxing in the master bedroom or kitchen with views of the garden is one of our favourite things to do,” say the owners. Aside from the architecture, the property features a beautiful collection of South American furniture, much of it sourced from Brazilian designers including Sergio Rodrigues and Jader Almeida.

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This unique home includes four bedrooms, in addition to an exceptional open-plan living space, contemporary kitchen, home cinema room, cellar, study, utility room and, of course, tropical garden. Located in a much sought-after Fulham enclave, this stunning ‘Lion house’ - characterised by a terracotta lion that sits atop each property - is a pulse-racing turnkey home for a designappreciative buyer. BOVINGDON ROAD, SW6 £3,800,000 Unrivalled four-bedroom house Styled by the architect owner epc=c 85


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raising the bar A rare warehouse space in Battersea with soaring volumes Slick, sleek and sexy: three words that perfectly describe this Battersea home set within Mountford Mansions, a listed red-brick Victorian building that began life in 1894 as the Battersea Polytechnic Institute. With ceilings more than 30ft high in places, it’s obvious why the owner was immediately attracted to the property with its exceptional volumes, natural light and of course location – probably one of London’s most sought-after, south of the river. Purchased in 2009, the owner stamped his individual European style on the property.

He knocked through walls on the mezzanine level to create a huge double-height open-plan living space and contemporary kitchen. He merged the main bedroom and guest room on the ground floor to create a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in cloakroom. Upstairs on the mezzanine level is now a home office area featuring the building’s original beams, and an awesome spot to survey the space below.

BATTERSEA PARK ROAD, SW11 £1,395,000 Uplifting two-bedroom loft apartment Styled by the owner epc=c

The home also has a second bedroom and bathroom, as well as access to wonderful communal roof gardens, 24-hour concierge and off-street parking.





MAXXI by Zaha Hadid © Iwan Baan

Exhibiting the world’s hottest artists, Domus Life explores some of Europe’s most impressive, architect-designed gallery spaces…

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Above image: MAS © Sarah Blee

Above image: MAS © Filip Dujardin

Above images: The Hepworth Wakefield © Iwan Baan



First and foremost a museum, Antwerp’s Museum Aan de Stroom [MAS] is also an extraordinary building in its own right. Occupying a site in the heart of the city’s harbour, and designed by architects Neutelings Riedijk, the building was inspired by sixteenth-century storehouses or ‘Hanzehuis’

Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire is one of England’s most inspiring contemporary galleries. Completed in 2011, the firm responded imaginatively to the gallery’s waterfront setting on the River Calder.

Stacked up like boxes, the 60-metre high tower twists 90 degrees to form a giant spiral. With large expanses of six-metre curved glass and red stone from India, the glazed spaces become a vertical galleria. Radiantly red, the MAS tower is also covered with 3,000 aluminium hands that sparkle in the sunlight.

Complementing the scale and form of the existing industrial buildings, the gallery appears to rise out from the river. Its location allows it to apply new forms of renewable energy by sourcing the majority of its heating and cooling from the river’s flow.

Inside, escalators guide visitors to the top of the building in a journey through the history of Antwerp and the panoramas of the city. The upper floors feature a restaurant, conference room and sky deck. The tower, its square and dock are designed to form one continuous space for exhibitions and events.

Constructed of pigmented concrete, which was created in-situ, the gallery’s façade has a sculptural appearance echoing the shape and forms of many sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, the British artist after whom the gallery is named. “The intention was to create a smooth, continuous finish that allows the natural material qualities to give character to the overall appearance,” said David Chipperfield Architects. With over 1,600 square metres of light-filled gallery spaces, The Hepworth Wakefield is the largest purpose-built exhibition space outside London. The gallery brings together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth.



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Above image: MAXXI © Bernard Touillon

Above image: MAXXI © Iwan Baan

Above images: Tchoban Foundation © Roland Halbe



Completed in 1998, the design project for MAXXI was part of a two-part international competition launched by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage. Devoted to building a new national centre for the exhibition of contemporary art and architecture, the winning design was that of Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, chosen from 273 candidates from all over the world.

Set on Berlin’s Pfefferberg — the premises of a former brewery — the new museum building for the Tchoban Foundation was completed by architecture firm SPEECH. Lying at the entrance to the complex, the museum adjoins the firewall of the protected landmark building.

Hadid’s proposal integrated an urban fabric with innovative architecture, successfully interpreting the potential of the new institution, and equipping it with an extraordinary sequence of public spaces. The complexity of the spaces, the curving walls, and the variations and intersections of the museum’s levels, deliver a rich spatial and functional configuration that visitors may pass through via ever-different and unexpected routes. Multiple environments coexist in a sequence of galleries illuminated with natural light, filtered via a special roof system.

Five-storeys high, the building rises above a rectangular plan where its individual storeys are projected at various depths and angles, reminiscent of a set of sliding drawers or stacking shelves. The structure’s exposed concrete shell takes the form of a monolithic, windowless volume without joints. With the exception of the top-most level, the entire building is covered in reliefs generated by a matrix formwork. Architectural motifs and the yellowish-grey coloration of the concrete refer subtly to the function of the building and its collections.

The large full-height atrium houses the reception and leads to the auditorium, the galleries destined for the permanent collections, the exhibitions, and the spaces devoted to the cafeteria and the bookshop.

Located at ground level are the entrance hall, museum shop and cloakroom, while the first and second upper storeys contain exhibition galleries. The third level houses the display archive and storage depot. The uppermost level, with its open terrace, serves primarily for social functions and workspaces for the curators.




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HIDE & SEEK Combining striking architecture and urbanism, discover Hidden House…

Designed by London architects Teatum + Teatum, Hidden House in Shepherd’s Bush is a unique two-bedroom, new-build house formed between two existing commercial buildings; the site once housed a cab office. “When we purchased the property in 2010, we knew it would give us an open opportunity to create a small but unique project. There was a freedom not often found in London in terms of planning control”, says Tom Teatum. Making the most of its dislocation from the street, the property responds to its location by creating an architecture that is both internal and intimate. This home is organised over two levels and structured around a seven-metre high internal lightwell. The living spaces which include a kitchen,

lounge, dining and storage area, are united across the central lightwell, allowing the first-floor bedrooms and living areas to connect. High-level skylights bring natural light into bedrooms and subsequently the lightwell. By removing external views the sense of interior is reinforced, creating intimacy and a focus on natural light and the materials of the property. Outside, a black surface embedded with silicacarbide particles makes up the exterior, acting like a mask to engage passers-by but without revealing the space behind. Access to the home is made by huge steel butterfly doors hung on a central hinge, laser cut to reflect the pattern of rain on a cold window. Internally, the laser-cut pattern allows light to penetrate beautifully into the hidden spaces of the ground floor interior.

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ASKEW ROAD, W12 £495 per week, long let [Admin fees apply] Groundbreaking two-bedroom house Teatum + Teatum epc=b


SIGN OF THE TIMES Make way… an alluring property redefining contemporary living


An award-winning, architect-designed home, overlooking Notting Hill’s Westbourne Gardens that proves just how sexy contemporary can be. This ground and lower ground floor maisonette is an impressive period conversion, with an expansive living space occupying the entire upper level. The all-white interior feels immediately different; spectacular from top-to-bottom, the owner has ensured the property is revitalising, invigorating and above all tantalising. Aside from the inviting lounge area, the level incorporates a formal dining space with a marbletopped seating bench and heavyweight marble table to match. Adjoining this space is the modern kitchen with a second dining area, brilliantly illuminated by overhead skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to a private decked terrace. There is also a cloakroom on this level.

Downstairs is for sleeping, with three spacious bedrooms and their private en-suite bathrooms. The master bedroom enjoys a dressing room and access to a second decked patio, also reachable from one of the other bedrooms.

WESTBOURNE GARDENS, W2 £1,850 per week, long let [Admin fees apply] Contemporary three-bedroom pad Styled by the architect owner epc=d

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With dark floors, wall panelling and structured lines throughout, not to mention a collection of modern art, it’s clear this flat is meant to be enjoyed


Enhanced by natural light and palettes of grey, the home’s gentle feel is further complemented


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recharge & renew Grey matters in this incredibly sensual family home Purchased in 2006, architects De Rosee & Sa obtained planning permission to convert this Grade II-listed building into a large two-storey maisonette that allowed the property to almost double in size. The goal was to create a luxury home with extensive living space and beautiful interior design throughout. Completed in 2011, it measures 1,250 sq ft in total.

for everything, the perfect space is elegant and ideal for entertaining.

The property includes a generous full-length reception space finished to the highest standard. Open plan in design, the space features a flawless and sleek kitchen with smooth Corian work surfaces and subtle Lutron lighting. With a place

We asked Max De Rosee of De Rosee & Sa Architects exactly what defines his firm’s approach to architecture. He responded in two words, “creating atmosphere”. Case, point and proven, Max. We think you’ve done just that with this property…

On the upper floors there are two stunning double bedrooms, both with hand-built fitted wardrobes, while the master bedroom boasts an indulgent en-suite bathroom. An open-plan office sits on the upper half landing.

Read our interview with De Rosee & Sa Architects at

WESTBOURNE PARK ROAD, W11 £1,250 per week, long let [Admin fees apply] Luxurious two-bedroom maisonette De Rosee & Sa Architects epc=c



iconic It’s official, we’re all cycling mad. All hail Sir Wiggins, Rapha and the Surrey Downs. It certainly wasn’t long before something came along to mix things up…

VIKS is a steel urban commuter from Estonian bicycle brand VELONIA. Defining bike design once again – sleek, aggressive, minimalistic, unique – VIKS is made to order. With no seat tube, two identical-shaped tubes run alongside the entire frame, joined at the head tube, seat tube and bottom bracket. Revered as a pedal-powered version of the Caferacer motorbike, VIKS is a minimalist classic.


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