Childs Sulzmann Architects were commissioned to refurbish and upgrade No 1 Hyde Park Street, a highly desirable address in a prime London location. The building comprises 13 apartments overlooking Hyde Park in London and has been completely transformed from the ground up with a new roof, redecoration of all the common areas and a new porter’s flat.

As well as marble floors and chandeliers, the most exciting intervention was the glass lift in a glass shaft up through the middle of the building. This was been a very challenging piece of engineering that took over two years of detailed design to achieve. This installation pushes the boundaries of what is possible in this context. The whole of the glass structure is suspended on four 25mm stainless steel rods from a steel frame at the top of the lift shaft.