Nimtim Architects Creates a Modern Pied-à-Terre for a Jet-Setting Surgeon

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The U.K. firm has transformed a petite Victorian apartment in London into a bright and cheerful occasional residence.

Nimtim Architects’ assignment was an ambitious one: take a 45-square-metre flat suffering from a fragmented layout, with its original features buried under years of renovations, and turn it into a modern, light-filled pied-à-terre for a pediatric heart surgeon. “How to make the most with what you’ve got” is how Nimtim describes their brief.

Located in west London, on the first floor of a Victorian building, the small apartment had been divided into three narrow spaces. To improve its functionality for the client, who splits her time between London, Leeds and Egypt and wanted something both livable and workable, Nimtim Architects used three new elements to redefine the space: a compact kitchen, a bathroom “pod” and a bedroom with plentiful storage.

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The apartment’s front door opens onto a shared living and dining space. A teal-hued kitchen features a grey marble backsplash and cabinetry with gold hardware. A slab of green marble serves as the dining table. The room is further defined by a white, wall-mounted storage system and, on the opposite wall, an ornate fireplace. The floors, which carry into the bedroom, are finished in a white-stained oak with a decorative chevron pattern.

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The kitchen backs onto the bathroom, which has been devised as grey marble-clad pod. Acoustic glass tops the walls, which stop short of the ceiling, allowing light to flow in from the surrounding spaces. Inside, the bathroom is finished almost entirely in white Carrara marble.

The bedroom and storage area is “conceived as a darker, more intimate space,” the architects explain. Built-in floor-to-ceiling wardrobes, in a dark cherry-wood veneer with gold cabinet pulls, line the walls, save for an alcove from which a bed folds down. Next to the bed, a small shelf acts as a nightstand that can be tucked up and away when not in use.

Nimtim Architects: Westbourne Gardens apartment

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