Former Embassy, Kensington, SW7

The Contemporary Refurbishment of a Grade II Listed Building in RBKC

Completed 2011, Private Client
RD Architects, London Office

PDF Brochure Download.

This grand property in the heart of Kensington was built in 1860. The property was formerly two neighbouring town houses, which were joined in 1939 to become a residential school for girls. Despite the threat of its central location, this use continued uninterrupted throughout the war. In 1968, the State of Kuwait purchased the property and it became their London Embassy until 2000 at which time the use reverted to residential. Our brief was to create a contemporary home of the highest quality within the context of the Grade II Listed Building. Our client had specific requirements such as air conditioning throughout, under floor heating integrated a/v and lighting.

Our response was to develop a cohesive and confidently restrained contemporary architectural design that allowed for sophisticated services to be discreetly integrated. We intended that the design process should respond positively to the stringent requirements imposed by the Grade II Listed Building. We did not wish for these to be treated as limitations – but rather as opportunities that could inform and enrich integrity of the design. Meticulous attention was paid to the selection of materials.

Andrew Kafkaris RICS was engaged to assist with freehold consent matters Bruton Street Management Ltd

Former Embassy, Kensington, SW7

The Contemporary Refurbishment of a Grade II Listed Building in RBKC

Completed 2011, Private Client
RD Architects, London Office

PDF Brochure Download.

This grand property in the heart of Kensington was built in 1860. The property was formerly two neighbouring town houses, which were joined in 1939 to become a residential school for girls. Despite the threat of its central location, this use continued uninterrupted throughout the war. In 1968, the State of Kuwait purchased the property and it became their London Embassy until 2000 at which time the use reverted to residential. Our brief was to create a contemporary home of the highest quality within the context of the Grade II Listed Building. Our client had specific requirements such as air conditioning throughout, under floor heating integrated a/v and lighting.

Our response was to develop a cohesive and confidently restrained contemporary architectural design that allowed for sophisticated services to be discreetly integrated. We intended that the design process should respond positively to the stringent requirements imposed by the Grade II Listed Building. We did not wish for these to be treated as limitations – but rather as opportunities that could inform and enrich integrity of the design. Meticulous attention was paid to the selection of materials.

Andrew Kafkaris RICS was engaged to assist with freehold consent matters Bruton Street Management Ltd

Share
Rodic Davidson Architects | 1 Pied Bull Yard, London, WC1A 2AE | 020 7043 3551 | Site Map