St Petersburgh Place, W2
Should James Bond ever fancy stepping down from MI6, St Petersburgh Place would be the perfect place to see out his time. A hidden delight on a quiet Bayswater side road, dominated by St Matthew’s, and sitting amongst the pretty residential homes on the east side of the road, this house isn’t all it seems.
Behind the proud Victorian façade lies a 21st Century townhouse designed by Michela Bertolini for MB Design Studio.
Spanning seven floors from roof terrace to lower basement, beneath the garden this house connects to a street level mews with a garage and independent bedroom/office space and bathroom.
Short of inventing a mechanical way of drawing light indoors, Michela Bertolini has used every trick in the book to flood every room with natural daylight. Huge expanses of glass, mezzanine spaces and open plan rooms enable light to bounce off the white walls and pale stone floors, giving internal cross-sectional views through the house. Below ground, light pouring in from a central atrium softens and warms the raw concrete rendering.
Space has been cleverly used and hidden storage has played a huge part in keeping areas clutter-free. Each room has a degree of adaptability. Sliding doors close off whole areas of the house and the possibility to locate bedrooms on four of the seven floors, makes the space multi-generational.
Hosting one of the cleverest basement conversions that we have seen, a games room, home cinema and a gym wrap around the atrium garden. The whole area could serve as an incredible party space or a place for children to play. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry and steam room complete the envelope of additional square footage that has been so beautifully carved out underneath the house and its garden.
Clean lines and angular cabinetry are the heroes of this house and unify each room. A strong palette of raw natural materials and white walls has been offset by mid-century furniture classics by Philippe Starck and Vitra alongside unique lighting such as vintage glass from Luigi Catellos for Murano. Bespoke artworks of the house were commissioned from photographer Noemie Goudal depicting its demolished interior, overlaid with additional arresting scenes to trick the eye.
Strong and silent, undisputedly good looking and incredibly private, this is one of the most stunning and comprehensive refurbishments that we have ever sold. Like the layers of an unfolding story, seeing is the only way to really believe the space.