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Hyde Park Square, W2

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, and that is exactly what the owner of this beautiful penthouse did. The vast apartment’s unique architecture features a circular bedroom, a large curved window in the reception room and curved walls throughout. Rather than trying to disguise these characteristics, the owner worked with distinguished architects Charles Leon Associates to make a feature of them. The result was a one-of-a-kind home that is not just stunning but also functional.

“The project involved the complete refurbishment of a three-bedroom apartment on an exclusive garden square in Bayswater, West London. The brief demanded simple, minimal elegance in residential design. Hyde Park Square was completed in 2007,” says the architect.

Measuring over 2,308 square feet, the entire apartment was interior designed with no detail or expense spared. Bespoke furnishings including sumptuous curved sofas, circular ottomans and carpets play to the flat’s unique design: “We simply wanted a beautiful contemporary large lateral space with three bedrooms, a huge entertaining space and an amazing master bedroom suite.”

The interior architects clearly used the rooms’ shapes to dictate the design and close inspection reveals how they played on the theme. The few rectangular rooms have glass-panelled doors and windows with rectangular panes, while recesses and cupboards also pick up on the rectangular theme. The hallway with its wavy wall reflects onto a mirror to effectively double the wave, while the curved wardrobe in the circular master bedroom is a triumph of engineering. Surprisingly, the owner eschewed a round bed. Gilding the lily, perhaps?

The spacious home occupies three sides of this mid-Victorian building. The building itself overlooks Hyde Park Square, one of London’s most beautiful private garden squares, although the living room’s panoramic windows also afford views over Gloucester Square. The apartment is moments from Hyde Park, Connaught Village and Lancaster Gate Underground station.