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All-glass Notting Hill Penthouse might just have the best view in London

All-glass Notting Hill Penthou...
Room with a view: the Notting Hill Penthouse
Room with a view: the Notting Hill Penthouse
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Room with a view: the Notting Hill Penthouse
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Room with a view: the Notting Hill Penthouse
Modern amenities include a full color LED and cold cathode lighting system, controlled by a Lutron home automation unit
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Modern amenities include a full color LED and cold cathode lighting system, controlled by a Lutron home automation unit
Remote-controlled fireplaces and under-floor heating offer home comforts
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Remote-controlled fireplaces and under-floor heating offer home comforts
Invisible TV monitors are cleverly hidden behind antiqued mirror panels
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Invisible TV monitors are cleverly hidden behind antiqued mirror panels
The shape of the home essentially serves to add a Mansard roof to the existing buildings
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The shape of the home essentially serves to add a Mansard roof to the existing buildings
The issue of the two buildings being physically separated was elegantly solved by employing a two-story glass bridge
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The issue of the two buildings being physically separated was elegantly solved by employing a two-story glass bridge
Private access to the property is gained by passing through a Panasonic iris-identification system, and then riding a glass elevator to the top floors
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Private access to the property is gained by passing through a Panasonic iris-identification system, and then riding a glass elevator to the top floors
The all-glass home offers stunning views of both the sky at night and the surrounding area
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The all-glass home offers stunning views of both the sky at night and the surrounding area
A lightweight laser-cut stainless steel frame was fabricated to house ventilating gull-wing-opening windows and curved blinds
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A lightweight laser-cut stainless steel frame was fabricated to house ventilating gull-wing-opening windows and curved blinds
The windows themselves are operated hydraulically, with inbuilt rams pushing the 500-kg (half a ton) units up to the horizon line
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The windows themselves are operated hydraulically, with inbuilt rams pushing the 500-kg (half a ton) units up to the horizon line
Modern amenities include a full color LED and cold cathode lighting system, controlled by a Lutron home automation unit
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Modern amenities include a full color LED and cold cathode lighting system, controlled by a Lutron home automation unit
Room with a view: The Notting Hill Penthouse
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Room with a view: The Notting Hill Penthouse
Remote-controlled fireplaces and under-floor heating offer home comforts
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Remote-controlled fireplaces and under-floor heating offer home comforts
The penthouse is located in London's exclusive Notting Hill area
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The penthouse is located in London's exclusive Notting Hill area
The shape of the home essentially serves to add a Mansard roof to the existing buildings
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The shape of the home essentially serves to add a Mansard roof to the existing buildings
The issue of the two buildings being physically separated was elegantly solved by employing a two-story glass bridge
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The issue of the two buildings being physically separated was elegantly solved by employing a two-story glass bridge
Private access to the property is gained by passing through a Panasonic iris-identification system, and then riding a glass elevator to the top floors
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Private access to the property is gained by passing through a Panasonic iris-identification system, and then riding a glass elevator to the top floors
Invisible TV monitors are cleverly hidden behind antiqued mirror panels
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Invisible TV monitors are cleverly hidden behind antiqued mirror panels
Invisible TV monitors are cleverly hidden behind antiqued mirror panels
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Invisible TV monitors are cleverly hidden behind antiqued mirror panels
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UK-based architectural practice Studio RHE was approached by a client who desired the creation of an unusual and ambitious project: to transform the roofs of two adjacent mansion blocks in London’s Notting Hill into one all-glass home, offering stunning views of both the sky at night and the surrounding area.

If you’re given the task of building an all-glass home in one of the most exclusive areas of England’s capital, it’s advisable to go all-out – and all-out did Studio RHE go. A lightweight laser-cut stainless steel frame was fabricated to house ventilating gull-wing-opening windows and curved blinds. The shape of the home essentially serves to add a Mansard roof to the existing buildings, and the effect is sympathetic to the local architecture.

The windows themselves are operated hydraulically, with inbuilt rams pushing the 500-kg (half a ton) units up to the horizon line. Since an all-glass home doesn't leave much room for moving parts, such workings are hidden from view by removable panels.

Private access to the property is gained by passing through a Panasonic iris-identification system, and then riding a glass elevator to the top floors
Private access to the property is gained by passing through a Panasonic iris-identification system, and then riding a glass elevator to the top floors

The issue of the two buildings being physically separated was elegantly solved by employing a two-story glass bridge, perhaps ruling out Notting Hill Penthouse as a dream home for those who suffer with vertigo. On that note, private access to the property is gained by passing through a Panasonic iris-identification system, and then riding a glass elevator to the top.

Modern amenities include a full color LED and cold cathode lighting system, controlled by a Lutron home automation unit, in addition to remote-controlled fireplaces and under-floor heating. Invisible TV monitors are also cleverly hidden behind antiqued mirror panels, but whatever happens to be on the telly, we have a feeling all eyes will be turned outside.

Source: Studio RHE

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3 comments
sk8dad
Beautiful execution of Mansard roof lines in glass...speaking of execution...what happens if you had your head out of the window when the hydraulics fail? Also I salute the courage and confidence of the occupant who is willing to use a see through soaking tub in a glass house.
AJB
This conversion was actually done about 3 years ago.
SeekerFinder
Love it. I just wonder how Studio RHE addressed solar heat gain...