Luster and light are dominant features of this Thames-side apartment within a new landmark London building. The regeneration of the southern side of Thames has produced some of the most exciting residential architecture in the UK, and continues to do so. Completed in 2003 on the site of an old flour mile, the 103 apartments in five connected blocks, are set on a north-south diagonal alignment, all with west-facing views. The designer has capitalized on the amount of glass in the building and the reflective quality of the river to produce a contemporary interior of subtlety and sheen.
Metallic wall-finishes glow, satin and silk were used for upholstery, and the colors are that of the ever-changing sky, in soft Grey, blue and lavender turning to pink, with natural wood tones adding weight to the pale color-scheme. Folding doors enable the spaces to be opened up for entertaining, and there is copious storage space. Careful attention has been paid to the whole, where square chairs and sofas echo grind-like book selves and side-tables, and the mixture of diagonal and vertical lines appears to expand each space. Achieving such balance required much of the interior to be custom-made.