Project Name: Batman’s Penthouse

Location: Knightsbridge, London, UK

Date Completed: August 2019

Interior Designer: Monique Tollgard, Tollgard Design Group

Architect: Peek Architecture + Design

Construction Company: Capstone London

Two apartments in the treeline of a famous Knightsbridge garden square have been exuberantly integrated to create a penthouse fit for a dark knight.

Tollgard Design Group’s brief was to wow, in a cool, non-ostentatious but decidedly show-stopping way. The client tasked the designers with the integration of two existing apartments set in the 3rd and 4th floors of one of London’s most prestigious garden squares. Working closely with Peek Architecture + Design, Tollgard Design Group carved out a new penthouse comprising 5 ensuite bedrooms, reception and dining rooms, chef’s kitchen, media room and two technology-fuelled terraces that look towards London’s cityscape.

The directive to entertain was never far from Tollgard Design Group’s minds when they started to pull together the red thread for this apartment that was designed to host a thousand parties and to display prized collections of wine, art and contemporary design icons. A glass elevator rises through the apartment straight into the penthouse. The floors are divided into one floor that sleeps, and one that, like Las Vegas, never will.

Contemporary geometric parquet flooring is inspired by the incredible angles of the roof construction that is one of the apartment’s design highlights. The connection of the angles is a metaphor for the connections forged between client, architecture and interior design: a creative zing only possible when inspiration and dedication perfectly combine. With AC throughout and sophisticated home automation provided by market leaders NV Integration, this apartment not only lives beautifully, it does so at the forefront of 21st Century technology.

The design journey has been a labour of love for a number of talented architects, designers, specialists, workers and artisans.  The final result reflects the vision of an exceptional client willing to trust his design team to fulfil the potential of the space through a coherent creative vision. The interpretation of the design brief and the clues of the architecture have allowed the architect and design team to push creative boundaries, to test new materials, to go beyond the expected and satisfactory. The design works so well because it expresses that more can indeed be more, if the quality of thought and execution are rigorous and painstaking.