Monday, August 22, 2011

What A View!

London's Neo Bankside is a striking new development on the South Bank designed by Richard Rogers, and overlooking the Tate Modern and St Paul's Cathedral. Imagine trying to concentrate on anything with this view:

Actually, in my previous life as a Warburg's employee, I used to work in that waterfront red brick building in front of St Paul's. Many hours were spent staring across the computer screen out to the Thames...futures and options were not that interesting!

These pictures are of the sub penthouse, designed by Anthony Collett of Collett-Zarzycki, who set out to design an 'eclectic but contemporary look'.

The triangular living room features a large egg shaped carpet, which has been cut in half to allow glazed concertina doors to separate the two living areas, yet still 'straddle both seating areas so that they interact with each other and feel like one big reception room.'

Collett set out to 'create an eclectic, organic environment that looks as good as its surroundings, and where you can also kick your shoes off and relax.' So many similar developments rely so heavily on location and views to attract purchasers, but I really think that Collett has achieved a liveable and fabulously stylish space in one of London's most dynamic locations.

Oh, and that view...

Images 1, 3, 4 & 7 from Neo Bankside; 2, 5 & 6 from The World Interior Design Network.

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