Contemporary Hyde Park Townhouse, London
Interior Designer Susan Knof has created the new home for private clients in Hyde Park, which combines understated elegance with practical and flexible spaces for real family usage, set within a classic, white stucco Victorian townhouse.
SHH’s client – an international family with a suite of homes (including one in New York and one in continental Europe) – purchased the four-storey property and appointed SHH both as interior architect and designer/decorator to re-plan and redesign the interior to fit their specific wants and needs.
Architecturally, the most important change to the structure of the contemporary Hyde Park house was the excavation of the back garden, which was previously elevated and messy and made the lower-ground storey of the house dark and unattractive. Now, a new lower-ground living space opens directly onto a new garden space, redesigned by garden designer Kate Gould (Chelsea Flower Show double-gold-medallist and frequent creative partner on SHH’s residential schemes), creating in the process two vast and usable spaces filled with light.
The indoor and outdoor spaces of this contemporary London townhouse are divided only by full-height bi-folding doors and are linked by new stone flooring (in charcoal grey with a metallic overcoat), which extends from the lower-ground interior out into the garden, creating a strong visual connection and making both spaces appear more extensive. Images courtesy of David Cleveland (Interiors) and Peter Baistow (Garden).