"High above Holland Park’s leafy streets, Hillcrest is the latest project from local architects De Rosee Sa. Its open-plan living space, green terraces and interior layout maintain the 1950’sideal of creating harmony between people and their surroundings, while adding a contemporary design edge. In just ten months, De Rosee Sa Director Claire Sa and architectural designer Nicola McFarland transformed the 145 square metre footprint into a bright and spacious two-bedroom apartment. In contrast to the brightness of the outdoors, the centralised corridor is painted in a dark tone to create heightened contrast between the spaces. In the master bedroom, double doors open up to reveal the bathroom. The connection between the interior and exterior is most intimate here as the bathtub is set directly against the terrace. Tenants can bathe under an uninterrupted sky oblivious to busy streets below. Originally designed by modernist architects, Andrews, Emerson & Sherlock in 1959, many of the flats in the residential block remain unchanged. Their original design includes an open glass-fronted stairwell that links the five floors. This ensures a constant connection between the building’s public spaces and the surrounding gardens. Inside, Hillcrest’s transformed interior combines contemporary grey tones, high quality timber and stone finishes with lateral modernist living. Further contemporary details include bespoke joinery and furniture pieces, such as a brass and marble kitchen island on casters and an oversized rusted metal antique mirror."
Founding partner Nikki McFarland during her time working at De Rosee Sa worked extensively on featured "Hillcrest" residential project in London. Alongside Claire Sa Director of De Rosee Sa, Nikki was responsible for all aspects of the project from planning, tender and construction packages through to onsite completion and project managing. Shortlisted for the Don't Move Improve! Award. See press release statement below