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Penthouse – Albion Riverside


The London Studio was appointed to carry out internal alterations and renovations to one of London’s notable Penthouse at Albion Riverside, Battersea. Viewed as a contemporary, modernist building originally designed by Norman Foster, the organic form of the Penthouse presented fantastic spaces and an inspired panoramic view of the Thames and the north London skyline.

The Brief

Working alongside Richard Meier LLP NY, the scheme called for a total reconfiguration of the interior Penthouse stripped back to shell and core, with a design driven by minimalist style, that integrated a state of the art audio visual home entertainment and IT system including upgrades to comfort cooling and other such services, that ultimately delivered an exclusive experience one would associate with such luxurious surroundings. The design and construction team worked tirelessly to produce a quality finish that delivered the client’s vision and enthusiasm for living with furnishings, artwork and objet d’art that blossomed within the white minimalist climate.

Our Solution

Attention to detail was of the utmost importance to Lawray and the project did not at any time divert from this objective. Every element was scrutinised to provide the best quality finish and function. One of our main challenges was the interface of the comfort cooling and adaptations made to the existing landlord’s system. The spatial reconfiguration presented certain shortfalls within the services output and additional equipment was required and craned to the roof enclosure above. Routing of the services to produce the desired environment and climate, hidden from view and provisions for back of house service areas and general storage, required some innovative thinking to maintain the minimalist style the client passionately desired.

Lawray Architects are an affable bunch of people, easy to work with yet still very professional. That’s especially useful for clients who aren’t used to the everyday business of design, contractors and tenders. They approach the job and client as you would like to think you would do yourself with anyone working in unfamiliar territory.

Daniel Shaw

Torch Theatre General Manager