A typical triplex apartment would generally be designed around a generous signature staircase rising through a soaring space that linked the three levels and provided opportunities for galleries and visual connection between the floors. In this case however, the configuration of the overlapping floors, together with the limitations imposed by the existing structure, predetermined that only a relatively small (3m x 3m) opening between the entry and middle floor levels was possible. This therefore acted as the generator for the design of the glass staircase that now rises through this opening – maximising the opportunity to create a sense of light and openness in what is actually quite a compact double height entrance hall; and determining the spatial layout for the spaces at each level that open off it.
Full-height double pocket doors on each side of the entrance hall open respectively onto a generous kitchen/dining room and a huge principle living room in a linear enfilade arrangement that creates spectacular vistas from end-to-end of the 21m long apartment. On the middle floor, an open gallery study area leads to the guest suite beyond, and on the other side of the stair, a narrower gallery opens directly into the master suite. Straight ahead, a cleverly-configured stair, apparently cut out of the solid wall, rises to the top floor studio living room and roof terrace above.
Loose furniture & soft furnishings by interior designer Elizabeth Bowman.
- Private Homes
- Bankside, London SE1
Bankside Triplex featured on Houzz