London-based architects De Rosee Sa have brought Parisian art-de-Vivre to this London penthouse apartment overlooking Notting Hill’s largest garden square: Ladbroke Square. This ambitious project involved designing the architecture, interiors, and furniture for the top floor space permitting De Rosee Sa to create a consistent fluidly refined environment.
Commenting on the project Max de Rosee, Director of De Rosee Sa Architects explained, “Lateral spaces create a wonderfully luxurious way to live, sadly too rare in London with its abundance of period terraced houses. It was wonderful to design not only the architecture and interiors of this penthouse but also certain key furniture pieces. With its tall proportions and use of natural materials and views over the rooftops, it was an opportunity to create a Parisian atmosphere, whilst providing a very liveable home.”
Located across a concrete-frame building, the penthouse structure was rebuilt and the interiors re-planned to make more of the views – North towards the gardens and South towards Kensington. For the interiors, De Rosee Sa Architects were inspired by the elegant apartments of Paris with their french windows, Juliet balconies and tall ceilings.
As the only apartment on the 5th floor, De Rosee Sa extended the existing lift shaft up so that the lift doors open directly into the apartment using a key to unlock the additional level. The hall floor was created using a striking black and white geometric pattern with dark walls, that gives way to a light-filled space drawn in by askylight, white walls and oak herringbone floors which runs throughout the apartment.
Wall panelling is used to accentuate the proportions and to compose the interior atmosphere. Stone was used in the bathrooms with highlights of brass in the fixtures and fittings. The eat-in kitchen, bathrooms, and built-in joinery were all designed in-house by De Rosee Sa.
Having built a reputation for designing elegant and well-detailed schemes in the residential, educational, retail and community sectors, De Rosee Sa created this unique home from their intrinsically-strong interest in materiality and craft. They are drawn to creating projects with character that interact with all of the senses rather than having a set design style. They approach each project on an individual basis focusing on the client’s interests and taste and believe in adding value for their clients by creating spaces with atmosphere and quality.
The Ladbroke Square penthouse is a clear example of how a home can be completely transformed and finished with elegantly crafted materials creating an inviting home within the middle of a major city.
De Rosee Sa Architects https://deroseesa.com/
Contractor/ Sobart Construction & Joinery Ltd
Location/ West London
Area/ 1525 ft2
Consultants / Structural Engineer – Alcock Lease. Building Control – Assent Building Control. CDM coordinator
– The Quoin Consultancy. Acoustic Consultant: RBA Acoustics
Photo credit/ Alex James