Parkgate House, Parkgate Road, SW11
When luxury property developer, Banda, chose to appoint Fourfoursixsix, one of ‘Wallpaper’ magazine’s ‘Top 20 World Architects of the Future’, to work with them on the Heritage Collection at Parkgate House, there could only be one result. Exceptional.
Parkgate House, the old bakery of J&B Stevenson, is an impressive example of period architecture located on Parkgate Road in Battersea. It was cited as a rare opportunity to develop a brace of luxury apartments that conveyed the generous dimensions of imposing family residences but without the addition of unused space or uninhabited bedrooms. Every square inch of the statuesque building, and the apartments set within, is considered and refined. The results are breath taking.
As soon as we entered the property, we were immediately aware of the grand proportions that the apartment had to offer. With a lateral footprint of 2000 square feet, it would have been very easy to have created accommodation suitable for a family of four. The idea behind the layout however, was not one of expected configuration; it was quite the opposite. Through a two-bedroom layout, Banda chose to create an indulgent sense of light and space for owners looking for ample space in which to entertain, socialise and relax. None of the space is superfluous to needs, neither is it greedy. Simply put it is very clever indeed.
Focus throughout the apartment is centred on the use of natural materials without any sense of compromise on luxury. What also caught our eye was the use of reclaimed slate, solid oak, Carrara marble and matt black brass throughout, all thoughtfully used in order to retain a sense of integrity. A definite nod in the direction of period appreciation. To complement this and to fully embrace the beauty of styling fusion (which we also loved), full height Crittall doors add an air of subtle modernity whilst remaining classic. It is indeed a hugely successful example of seamlessly marrying the old with the new.
Moving around the apartment, we were totally smitten with the sensation of our feet gliding upon smoked-oak, chevron parquet whilst the ceilings above soared up to the lofty heights of over three metres. An unapologetic grand marble island is the proud focal point in the kitchen, clearly awaiting some fancy knife skills in preparation for a well-attended dinner party. The lighting scheme was expertly designed by none other than Alexander Stileman of Stileman Lighting Design, so that every angle of the property is illuminated to perfection.