Canary Wharf Group has recently commissioned London-based studio Echlin to design a 1,335-square-feet penthouse apartment at 10 Park Drive, a 41-storey residential skyscraper overlooking the River Thames and Greenwich Park.
The Echlin design response celebrates the colour and vibrancy of the neighbourhood, as the estate hosts one of the UK's largest collections of publicly accessible art, and its connection to nature via the wraparound balconies and Canary Wharf’s 20 acres of parks, roof terraces and walkways. A curated fusion of mixed media artworks from British and International artists sits alongside specially crafted and locally made pieces of furniture to celebrate the diverse nature of the new financial district and the city itself.
Opening the front door of the apartment reveals a gallery-style corridor, bedecked with artworks from Welsh artist FORMWORKS, which then leads to an open-plan living area with far-reaching panoramic views of Greenwich Park, the Naval College, Crystal Palace and beyond.
To maximise the relationship with this view, the interior furnishings were intentionally chosen to be low and sculptural, providing plenty of interest without being overly distracting. The living area has been divided into zones where a bespoke Echlin-designed banquette, handmade in Oxfordshire, in a riotous terracotta velvet has been included to create a dining space.
Moving back through the hallway, a bespoke walnut console sits underneath a lacquered mirror, both designed by Echlin and handmade in the UK and Portugal. Within this space also sits a specially commissioned piece from British textile artist Anna Gravelle inspired by the riverside location.
In the master bedroom, Echlin curated a unique bed and headboard, both made in Oxfordshire, using a post-modern inspired blue velvet from French fabric house Metaphorés with Petite Machine bedside lamps from MadeByHand Copenhagen.
Above the bed hangs a brass and mirror metal sculpture from C.Jeré brought over from the United States, and bringing the room together is a bespoke console from British designer and maker Loom and a brass and walnut valet from Ligne Roset. The apartment also includes two balconies providing 230 square feet of outdoor space with sweeping views over London.
“Our work is rooted in bringing together traditional ideas and reinterpreting them to reflect contemporary thinking, but also look forward. The current climate has placed an even greater emphasis on the importance of how our homes are designed, how we use them and their impact on our moods,” says Sam McNally, co-founder of Echlin.
“We recognise that mood, wellbeing and happiness are all shaped by what surrounds us and we are committed to making these spaces as stylish but also as user-friendly as we can.”
Photo credit: Nathalie Priem