Ladbroke Grove, W11
Domus Nova is privileged to take on many beautiful properties across the capital but this apartment on Ladbroke Grove stood out, not only because it was aesthetically pleasing but also because it pays homage to the building’s co-architect, Walter Gropius.
One of the 20th century’s leading architects, Gropius founded the Bauhaus movement and set up a school in Weimar, Germany, to champion crafts and the fine arts. The school operated from 1919 to 1933 when it closed under pressure from the Nazis, but its teachings left an indelible impression on the arts and architecture. The Bauhaus style is arguably the most important development within the Modernist movement as it advocated that all arts must work concurrently to produce cohesive creations, whether they be in art, architecture, interiors or even typography.
This flat is peppered with Bauhaus posters, furniture and art. Two striking chairs designed by Mies van der Rohe, a director of the Bauhaus School, take centre stage in the living area. There is an open-plan kitchen leading onto a dining area, a large reception and three double bedrooms, two with balconies overlooking the communal gardens.
The property was beautiful as well as functional.