The Penthouse, Notting Hill

“We have the freehold for two mansion blocks in Notting Hill which look like they haven’t had their roof put on. Do you think we could build a new home up there joined by a bridge with its own access?”

This lightweight, laser-cut, stainless steel frame with custom-made frameless double curvature sealed glass panels, naturally ventilating automatic hydraulic gull wing windows and curved blinds, creates a unique perspective and maximises the views and living among the canopy of the crescent’s trees.

The two blocks are joined together by an all glass two-storey bridge, a glass dual access lift custom made by Crown, provides private access to the two top floors.

Entry to the home is provided by a Panasonic iris recognition system, which activates the external lighting and lift and provides secure access to the owners level.

Curved sealed double-glazed high insulation heat reflective units were hand-made in Italy with the corner units slumped over 3D steel formers, while the windows are hydraulically actuated with inbuilt rams pushing the 500kg units and locking them in position up to the horizon line.

Services are concealed behind cast GRG removable panels that contain full color spectrum LEDs above and cold cathode tubes below and automatic electric blinds which are actuated by timers and by temperature.

Heating is a pressurised wet under-floor system with electronic zone controls, and the full color LED and cold cathode lighting is controlled by ‘Lutron’ intelligent zoned controls.


The ribbon fireplaces are 6 metres long with remote control activation and heat control. The large panel stone cladding around the fireplaces is black Basalt Mendiger with a honed finish from Stonell. Invisible TV monitors are hidden behind antiqued mirror panels with remote flush actuation and speakers are plastered in to the ceilings. The flooring is seamless epoxy, wet laid with bronze dust mix. Doors and furniture are hand-made riveted aluminium by ISM Design with Marc Newsom ironmongery by Franchi International. Roof terrace balustrades are cast white gel coat GRP swan necks with yacht wire and stainless steel handrails.

A mirror polished exercise machine by Technogym occupies a landing in the bedroom wing, which has views over the adjacent park. The internal staircase is made from sawn Yarra timber railway sleepers supported by stainless steel rods on each side and appear to float over an aluminium stair panel underlit with LED strips. The kitchen is black anodised profiled aluminium with a granite worktop and Sub Zero appliances.

Richard Hywel Evans says of the penthouse: “This 750 sq. m. penthouse utilises the latest technology to create an unparalleled space for modern living”. 


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