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


May 24, 2013

Room with a view: the Notting Hill Penthouse

Room with a view: the Notting Hill Penthouse

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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.

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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Adam Williams Adam scours the globe from his home in North Wales in order to bring the best of innovative architecture and sustainable design to the pages of Gizmag. Most of his spare time is spent dabbling in music, tinkering with old Macintosh computers and trying to keep his even older VW bus on the road. All articles by Adam Williams

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.


This conversion was actually done about 3 years ago.


Love it. I just wonder how Studio RHE addressed solar heat gain...

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