THE PERFECT FLAT FOR A MINIMALIST

If you’re a bit of a hoarder, this isn’t for you. But if you like clean, simple lines, an impressive stable conversion near Paddington station fits the bill. Tim Harrison reports

It’s such an impressive conversion that it has already been featured in two specialist architecture journals. Now this triple-level, one-bedroom flat is available to rent.

Created in what was once a stable in Westbourne Terrace Mews, directly behind Gloucester Terrace, a three-minute stroll from Paddington station, the flat is one of the most achingly trendy in the capital.

A one-off design by Bayswater architect Geoffrey Powis, it is the ultimate example of how to maximise space and light in a relatively small area.

The flat has a bedroom and living space on the ground floor, a kitchen, dining area and mini open-plan office on the lower ground, and a dressing room and walk-in shower on the mezzanine.

Functional, industrial-style steps link the levels, while full-length glass doors bathe the whole south-facing property in light.

The flat comes with stark, almost brutalist, furniture, in keeping with the overall look. The rent is £2,752 a month (£635 per week), and letting agents at Carter Jonas have been busy showing would-be tenants around.

“I did a viewing there this morning, and they were architects themselves,” said Roman Bielecki, lettings negotiator at Carter Jonas’s Hyde Park and Bayswater office (020 7402 1552).

“Who will this flat appeal to? Trendy young professionals, or possibly Japanese tenants. I’ve taken several round, and it appeals to that very clean, minimalist taste.”

The leading Italian design mag Domus and the equally switched-on Architecture Aujourd’hui have both featured the property, set at the end of the cute cobbled mews.

Electrically operated blackout blinds allow privacy, but the real joy of the flat is opening up the glass doors and turning the whole place into a sunny, open-air, open-plan marvel.

“Because it’s south-facing, it is very light,” added Roman. “The sun is right at you!”

For the full ‘wow’ effect, you simply can’t leave stray socks lying on the floor, or baked beans tins on the kitchen work surface.

This is a pared-down, neutral haven with well-chosen low-level furniture which firmly occupies the less-is-more functionality niche.

It’s a bit like walking into a work of art; there is no frippery, and no fuss. It is just a mews apartment reduced to the bare minimum of elements, including concrete floors.

If you aspire to purity, not clutter, Carter Jonas are listening to anyone interested in a minimum one-year tenancy.

Behind the scenes, you don’t have to be quite as minimalist as the look suggests. Cunningly disguised storage areas do exist too.

There is parking for one car, but that has to be separately negotiated.

Picture: Open the glass doors to add to the wow factor in Westbourne Terrace Mews For further details click here

TIM HARRISON

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