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  • Samantha Brooks

Media room | Gym: A Perfect Fit

Although residents of One Hyde Park have access to the building’s communal gym and stainless-steel ozone-treated pool (not to mention the pool and gym facilities at the neighboring Mandarin Oriental, which were recently redesigned by Adam Tihany), the homeowners elected to incorporate a private gym (right) with views of Knightsbridge into their penthouse. A durable and functional rubberized floor that has the appearance of washed oak assimilates the space aesthetically into the rest of the home, though certain sections of the floor were reinforced with actual wood in order to carry the weight of the gym equipment.

Additional recreational spaces include the intimate media room (above), whose custom velvet-clad seats recline to form a bed that faces the 103-inch Panasonic plasma TV. “There’s an 18-seat home theater in the building,” notes Share, “so this room is for when you just want a more casual experience and don’t want to have to dim the lights, turn on a projector, and make it an event. It’s one touch and on.” The 17 other televisions installed throughout the residence enable the homeowners to follow the news, check the international stock markets, or watch sports events wherever they happen to be.

Spa: In Treatment

A nail salon, a glass-tiled steam room, a sauna lined with hemlock wood, an experience shower with 12 body jets, and a massage room with two beds let the busy couple enjoy all the amenities of a top day spa without leaving their home. “Again, there’s a private spa facility in the building, but the homeowners wanted a space that was just for them,” says Share. “They have the added benefit of bringing in the therapists from the Mandarin Oriental, so it’s easy to use [on the] spur of the moment, even for things like acupuncture and facials.”

At the owners’ request, Share modeled this spa on the Dior Institut at the Plaza Athénée in Paris. “Our firm is always traveling,” he says, “and we look for inspiration everywhere. For this, I was inspired by what I had seen in Paris, and then took it up a level.” The walls and ceiling of the massage room (above) are covered in silver leaf and illuminated by fiber-optic lighting. In the nail salon (right), custom chairs crafted for comfort and style face the view. In the steam room (top right), a glass-tile mosaic and amethyst geodes add color and conceal the steam outlets. A pyrite-crystal formation at the spa’s entrance acts as sculpture. “It looks a bit like kryptonite,” observes Share. “It’s not something you see often.”

Outdoor area | Billiard Room: Out and About
Thanks to London’s frequently inclement weather, outdoor areas are not generally a priority for the city’s residents. The penthouse, however, offers 1,781 square feet of exterior space, all of which is artfully integrated into the home. “You can easily host 15 to 20 people on the terraces, but it’s more for casual lounging than formal entertaining,” Share says. “Since the weather doesn’t permit frequent use, we made sure they were not overly complex but still fitted with the same level of customized furnishings that you would find inside.”

The centerpiece of the game room, which opens to the Knightsbridge-facing terrace that the homeowners use for informal gatherings, is a pool table appointed with Zebrano timber veneer, ebonized-walnut timber, suede play surfaces, and silver chalk holders. Above the table hangs a dichroic light from Haberdashery that changes colors as players move around it. “It might sound like a large penthouse for just one couple,” says Share, “but each space was created with such detail and designed for such a range of functions that there’s not a part of the home that goes unused.”   

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