How do you improve on perfection? The short answer, of course, is you can’t. And you probably wouldn’t. But you might tweak perfection to your own particular bent, even if that perfection was created by Mr Minimalist himself, the justifiably-acclaimed and award-winning architect, Seth Stein.
And now it’s story time.
When the current owner moved to The Piper Building in Fulham 6 years ago, he had a few “magic parameters” to fulfil. Like most of our clients, his fertile imagination ruled his search. Rather than being whisked along by mainstream television advice of location, location, location, his priorities were space, space, space. First, he wanted somewhere to sit outside and somewhere to park. That ruled out many a Shoreditch candidate. Next he threw in the need for cat-swinging proportions; wave goodbye to Victorian terraces. He then bade a fond farewell to new-build with a desire for high ceilings, and with his criterion of a genuine and voluminous loft experience, it was ‘so long and thanks for all the fish’ to West London. Or was it?
The Piper Building is something of an anomaly in the West London loft market, in that it is good. In fact, it’s more than good; it’s outstanding. We are often shocked and appalled at what some developers try to pass off as loft living, when their true aspirations are clearly to lower expectations and cram more mediocre apartments into a wonderful old building. Oddly, it is in the East where buyers have been historically more demanding; developers in Shoreditch & Clerkenwell would be run out of town for delivering such tosh. In the West, it’s generally been a case of ‘get what you’re given’.
Not so, The Piper Building. This is the real deal, and here is one of the most charming traits of all London’s loft addresses; every now and again, the number of apartments within the building reduces. Not because bits of it fall off, but instead, rather than leave, residents buy another loft next to their own and make the two into one. Whether the postman ever wonders what happened to number 75 we really can’t say; we just know that people love living here.
So, to the apartment in question. 150sq m of classic, urban, timeless loft space complete with double height void, a mezzanine level and a whole lotta concrete, glass, wood and limestone. Laid out as a splendid and cavernous 1 bedroom London pad, it is the size of a regular 4 bedroom house. The owner often smokes a cigar on the balcony, which not only has a view of the Thames, but also looks over The Hurlingham Club, who unwittingly give him a free fireworks display every November 5.
“After I first saw this place, I compared every subsequent viewing to here. Frankly, nothing ever compared. I wanted a place to go “wow” at, and this is the one that delivered”.