This imposing property adjacent to Hyde Park has been redeveloped from offices to form a grand private residence complete with indoor pool and cinema. The outdoor space, linking the main house with its mews property, required a garden to be designed and created from scratch.
By opening up the dining room on the ground floor with large French windows, it was possible to integrate the outdoor and indoor spaces fully, allowing access between the main building and mews house through the garden. A hardwood deck leads past two living wall installations, up a wide sweep of steps to the main garden area, where outdoor dining and soft seating make the garden an extension to the indoor dining and living areas.
The glass risers of the steps contain strip lighting for night time effect and also permit light to penetrate to the vestibule below. A rainwater harvesting system collects rainwater in a large tank, which feeds the automatic watering system for the pots, planters and living wall panels. The hardwood deck is FSC certified from sustainable forestry.
The project is due for completion in the winter of 2008.
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