Refurbished London penthouse by Thomas Griem
London-based architectural practice, TG-Studio, have designed a new-build penthouse apartment for Berkeley Homes. Completed in May 2013, the luxury apartment can be found on top of s historic Edwardian building on the doorstep of London’s thriving financial district.
Thomas Griem, director of TG-Studio, was commissioned by Berkley Homes to design the complete interior for the new-build penthouse in Aldgate, London.
“Our aim was to create a warm, comfortable home whilst still being luxurious, contemporary and organic,” says Griem. “As the penthouse is a new-build on top of a refurbished Edwardian building, the approach to the interior was of particular significance to me. I knew it had to be treated differently in order not to undermine the character of the older parts of the building.”
Griem’s idea for the interior design was based on the concept of photography inspired by the views over the city. He has used the architecture of the windows to frame these vistas with breathtaking effect. This is particularly so in the sitting room where a 12 meter wide window, leads onto an elegantly furnished balcony providing a panoramic view over rooftops.
Many of the pieces throughout the luxury London apartment are bespoke British made but there are additional items that were sourced from Italy and Spain.
“I am particularly excited about the bathtub in the master ensuite. It’s a large, white freestanding tub that sits in front of a magnificent window so that when you sit in it, you’re essentially a part of the cityscape. It weighs 300 kilograms and it took six mento carry it up seven floors,” adds Griem.
Another unique feature is the use of wood flooring in the living room – it has been extended so it runs up onto the wall opposite the sliding door to the balcony, which has opened the space and adds texture, spontaneity and colour.
The penthouse consists of two levels; one on the 6th floor and one on the 7th floor. On the 6th floor there is the entrance, guest WC and a large open space featuring an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. From the hallway you get to the 7th floor which holds the master bedroom with en suite, dressing room and a further two bedrooms and bathroom.
The flooring in the entire lower floor is a slightly stained oak which we Griem liked so much that he decided to use it on the wall in the living room. This has created a special surface of which they hung a bespoke storage cabinet. In contrast to the organic properties of the wood on the wall, they used harder and richer materials for the cabinet. Matt white lacquer, polished arabascato marble and fake blue shagreen leather.
According to Griem if you have little space in open plan living, it is important to zone the space and define the separate areas. This can be achieved through a rug under the dining table or a sideboard behind a sofa.
And he believes that every room deserves a different level of mood and lighting. Where a kitchen must practically be bright and light, a corridor can carry a lot more mood as the only task it fulfils is to travel through. In this case he added the evening shot of Venice and the mood it carries, and have translated that in the dark wall coverings. The wall covering used are a suede effect called Touch by Stereo.
The main bedroom consists of four zones; the main sleeping area with the TV hidden behind the curtain, the reading area of a very low armchair, the make-up desk area that is not visible in this shot and the dressing area.
“As this is a new building with a very modern look, they were able to introduce a window the entire width of the room. If you do not have a window in your bathroom you can install a piece of glass on to the wall sandwiching and displaying an image to create an amazing feature in your bathroom at home,” says Griem.
Images courtesy of Philip Vile
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