Originally designed by Andrews, Emerson & Sherlock in 1959, the existing flat comprised of kitchen, living and sleeping areas separated by a dark central hall. Following a total strip out, the internal area was reconfigured into an open-plan living and kitchen area along the entire west side of the apartment with an external terrace, a master suite, guest bathroom and bedroom. The existing fenestration on both sides of the building has been replaced with floor to ceiling timber-framed openings to better connect the internal and external areas.
In the master suite, double doors open from the bedroom into the bathroom. The bathtub is set directly against the terrace to create an intimate relationship between the indoor and outdoor space.
A colour palette of grey has been used to create drama and emphasise the contrast between light and dark. We chose high quality finishes in timber and stone, including stained oak parquet flooring with an inset Sisal carpet, and Italian Carrara marble. Bespoke joinery and furniture, such as a brass and marble kitchen island on casters and an oversized rusted metal antique mirror, give the project a feeling of uniqueness.
Open-plan living space, green terraces and an interior layout that maintains the 1950’s ideal of creating harmony between people and their surroundings, while adding a contemporary design edge.
The centralised corridor is painted a dark tone to create heightened contrast between the spaces.
Hillcrest’s transformed interior combines contemporary grey tones, high quality timber and stone finishes with lateral modernist living. Further contemporary details include bespoke joinery and furniture pieces, such as a brass and marble kitchen island on casters and an oversized rusted metal antique mirror.
Detailed view of the brass casters specified for the bespoke marble kitchen island
The connection between the interior and exterior is most intimate here as the bathtub is set directly against the terrace. Tenants can bathe under an uninterrupted sky oblivious to busy streets below.
In the master bedroom, double doors open up to reveal the bathroom
Desk space set within the kitchen joinery
Bespoke kitchen joinery with a marble work top and storage units underneath