Bucking the trend for lateral living, a Shoreditch scheme of split-level flats, with double-height spaces and two "front" doors, is an architectural tour de force.
The inspired design, by developer Inhabit Homes, reinvents the conventional layout of a home by creating a series of internal spaces and levels that are linked yet separate, intimate yet open.
By scrapping corridors and using a double-height open void, with tall windows that allow light to flood in, the space-efficient homes appear bigger than they actually are. Ranging from 1,000sq ft to 1,800sq ft, they come with a secluded terrace. They also offer the flexibility to create self-contained studios that can be let for extra income.
"It's a huge departure from the traditional horizontal floorplan," says Gus Zogolovitch, Inhabit Homes chairman. "Stairs replace hallways. Windows and rooms are not enclosed. It is something of an optical illusion."
The homes are aimed at design conscious owner-occupiers, perhaps people looking for a live-work space, rather than buy-to-let investors, he adds.
Five apartments have been built on a corner plot at Shepherdess Walk, moments from Regent's Canal. Alongside is a terrace of three inkeeping houses, each with a garden, built by the same developer and featuring the same architectural characteristics and high-quality detailing.
Prices start at £1,195,000. Call 020 7234 0862.