Before Hogarth Architects could renovate and transform this stunning South Kensington, London apartment, they had to rewind the space back to an earlier version. A false ceiling and add-on room partition had to be removed to open up the living area and reveal its original grand scale.

Due to the building being listed as historical, the cornices and fireplace surrounds could not be altered. But that small restriction would not stop an incredible transformation from taking place.

After the flat was restored to one large room, the architects added a massive two-level timber structure. The new piece contains the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and a small mezzanine overlooking the main living space.

This huge piece of furniture, according to the architects, contains all of the functions that a “man about town” might need. It also just happens to be incredibly stylish and surprisingly modern. The combination of rustic wood with modern frosted glass makes for a very metropolitan look.

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Whether for a single person or a family, adding a large, bold object like this in the middle of a living space is a creative way to effectively double the floorspace of a living area…provided that you have sufficiently high ceilings, of course.