3 bedroom apartment for saleCentaur Street, London, SE1
This two/three-bedroom split-level apartment is arranged over the ground and first floors of a critically acclaimed apartment block designed by the Anglo-Dutch architects de Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM). Number One Centaur Street has been described by Jonathan Glancey of The Guardian as “a minor masterpiece”, and has received a number of awards including RIBA London Building of the Year.
The block contains just four apartments. Each apartment is organised as a large, open double-height living space. The solid concrete construction and well-positioned communal stairs form a buffer against the adjacent railway line.
Occupying arguably the best position at the rear of the building, this apartment has the benefit of views over the quiet communal courtyard. The interior is spatially complex, consisting of interpenetrating volumes set over several levels and staircases likened to an M C Escher puzzle. The kitchen / dining room is partly double-height, and is overlooked by a galleried reception room. Sliding doors open onto a private section of courtyard and the communal outside space. The open kitchen has a striking island with marble worktop, and double-height storage cupboards.
The flat has two double bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en-suite), as well as a study / third bedroom.
The concept behind the design is described by dRMM: “The double entry, generous size of units, riser positions and flexible layouts created a regeneration concept of sustainable, long lasting, loose fit living. It is possible to subdivide all the apartments into live and work, or double household units”.
The architects specified a deliberately industrial range of materials, including walls of exposed concrete impressed with the pattern of the timber moulds in which it was cast.
Externally, the building is encased with fibrous cement and clad in a mock-timber rain screen of augmenting proportions. Other than in-situ concrete, all components are prefabricated, specified and assembled according to dRMM’s ‘off the shelf’ catalogue design methodology.
The building is located in an established yet exciting area of London, within walking distance of all that is on offer on the South Bank, including the National Theatre, Tate Modern and the London Eye. The Young and Old Vic theatres are on nearby The Cut, along with some excellent independent restaurants.
Centaur Street leads off Hercules Road (formerly home to William Blake). It is within a short walk of Waterloo station and the River Thames. The nearest Underground is Lambeth North (Bakerloo Line).
Property ref: 121_2280_4109910
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