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Thomas Griem

Date published: September 09 2015


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Creating a home which brings together Victorian Gothic and modern contemporary style

The iconic Victorian Gothic St. Pancras Station in London’s Kings Cross has undergone extensive renovation as part of the massive regeneration programme for the area.

Part of the scheme was the transformation of the St Pancras Chambers by the Manhattan Loft Corporation who created 67 apartments and three penthouses in the stunning building.

One of the penthouses covering the top three floors of the west tower of the Grade 1 listed building was bought by a City businessman who asked Thomas Griem of TG-STUDIO to transform the standard space into an outstanding luxury residence.

As the property is of highest public interest and the interiors listed by English Heritage as very significant, the floor plan had to be broadly maintained but all staircases, balustrading and partitioning, where possible, were replaced. Designer and client also worked closely together to remove and re-site all existing bathrooms, floor finishes, built- in wardrobes and the kitchen.

My client wanted a home that had understated opulence bringing together Victorian Gothic and contemporary style,” said Griem.

The result is a stunning transformation of the original developer’s space.

The master bedroom, which is located on the top floor, is now reached through a new staircase that turns around an oak clad storage room reached off the main entrance hall. Griem enlarged the floor area on this level and separated the space into a walk-in wardrobe finished in oak and sheep leather and personalised to the clients needs.

The master bedroom space is open plan but can be closed to the triple height living room by an electrically operated curtain.

The client let Griem select and furnish the entire penthouse and a Meridiani bed in blue velvet was chosen for the Master bedroom flanked by vividly coloured, lacquered bedside tables by Lema. The master ensuite has been enlarged too and now features a Portuguese Travertine stone which has a cavelike quality. The bathroom also features an extra-large walk-in shower with a flush TV and a bespoke double sink unit finished in the stone, mirror and the textile oak present throughout the Penthouse, which enhances the earthy and organic feel of this sanctuary.

The middle and lower floor (floor 4 & 5 of the building) are occupied by two levels of entertaining. A new staircase has been designed connecting both levels, featuring oak veneer, plain glass and wooden stringers painted in off-white.

The staircase consists of a bridge that connects to a library which is cantilevering the main part of the staircase. This library unit is the feature of the staircase and also forms the balustrade to one side. It offers storage for books, statues and other artefacts which the client collects.

The upper floor measures approximately 75 sqm and accommodates a very comfortable seating area and a zone for the pool table, a collector’s item owned by the client. The living room features furniture from Poltrona Frau, Knoll and Lema.

The lower open floor plan is laid out as a relaxed kitchen zone, dining area and tv watching area. The TV area is located opposite the kitchen and balances in its elevation the open plan kitchen. The joinery accommodates the AV equipment and a visible library and is kept very white with Arabescato stone as a vertical feature behind the TV. The dining table is from Poliform as are the chairs, the sofa is from Zanotti, the rug from The Rug Company.

From there the penthouse gives access to two bedrooms with a dressing area and en suite each a secondary entrance to the apartment and a guest WC and storage.

The two en suite bathrooms are located in two gothic towers of the building which gives them great views of the surrounding area and a triple ceiling height. They have been finished in Arabescato marble and each features a low hanging chandelier to play with the unusual ceiling height.

The flooring throughout the penthouse is by Schotten and Hansen, the kitchen by Gemini design and features Gaggenau appliances with Arabescato backsplash and Pietra Serena worktop - "two stones that are characteristic through their veining and are considered as character stones” explains Griem.

Designer and client have enjoyed this project so much that they are now looking to working together creating luxurious places. They are currently looking in London and New York for their next project under a joint banner

Designer: Thomas Griem

Author: Matt Baker

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