Live upside down in the cool new-look Battersea

Timothy Barber
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SOMETIMES the oldest ideas are sensible. But sometimes we just keep on doing the same things for no good reason. Why should the living room be on the ground floor and the bedrooms upstairs? Well, they aren’t at the Ipsus03 development in Battersea, where they have decided to “invert” the normal living arrangements. The properties, which are in a gated development, are slick too, being based on Scandinavian designs. Poggenpohl kitchens add an extra dose of Euro-chic.

The Ipsus03 development is designed by architect Harper Downie and the flats and houses have open-plan spaces that mix light and airy minimalism with strong functionality. Think real wood flooring, smooth white panelling, large windows and unfussy, open spaces, with fashionable mod cons like underfloor heating, mood lighting and luxurious, oversized baths. The development also incorporates state-of-the-art environmental technology to adhere to the best standards of eco-friendliness.

Ipsus03 is part of a change that is taking place in Battersea. There are spectacular contemporary developments such as Lord Foster’s sensuous Albion Riverside. Other developments are springing up, too, including one in the old power station, which is expected to bring a new Tube station to the area. A trendy new design hotel, the Rafayel, is due to open soon.

And why not? Battersea is a rather stunning place to live. As a residential area, it has probably been best known for the splendid Victoria mansion blocks that encircle Battersea Park, and the knots of quiet, terraced streets from the same era that spread across the surrounding area.

The location is terrific – turn right out of your front door and you’ll be at delightful Battersea Park; turn left and in the same amount of time you’re at Clapham Junction, with trains to Waterloo and Victoria. Then there are the shops and restaurants of Battersea Park Road, particularly good for little food delis, vintage furniture boutiques and quality gastropubs such as the Duke of Cambridge, Ipsus03’s local. A 10-minute stroll over Battersea Bridge brings you to the shopping paradise of the King’s Road.

The area also has the food shops, market stalls and delis of Northcote Road and the hub of Battersea Arts Centre. Battersea is looking all set for a vibrant future.
Ipsus03 consists of 10 two, three and four-bedroom properties. Prices from £615,000. Call Hamptons International on 020 7758 8478