Our clients had purchased two adjacent apartments on the east corner of Riverside One, a modern glass office and apartment building by Foster and Partners, overlooking the Thames, in Battersea. We were commissioned to convert the apartments into one contemporary lateral space, with a simple and streamlined interior of rooms that flow freely into each other.
The apartment was designed to maximise the impact of its spectacular position overlooking Albert Bridge and Chelsea Embankment. The front half of the apartment, which faces the river, comprises a large bedroom, positioned to catch the sunrise, an office and a huge living and dining area, with glass walls on two sides. These rooms can be left open or separated by giant wooden doors.
A muted colour palette was used throughout the apartment - warm honey-toned woods and soft grey beige stone - which offset the cool glassiness of the building. A carpet made in one piece in Hong Kong and delivered by river crane adds further calm and reiterates the sense of flow throughout the apartment.
A constant for every part of the design and choice of materials for this project was the conviction that this was to be a space with an emphasis on gazing out rather than looking in.