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Location London W8
Status Consented July 2015
The Odeon Kensington cinema sits within a sensitive conservation area, opposite the former Commonwealth Institute – home to the new Design Museum – and surrounded by established residential townhouses. During its lifetime, much of the quality of the original interior was removed or irreparably damaged as a result of conversions to multiple screen cinemas. Squire and Partners’ consented designs restore the Neo-Grecian façade, and establishes a seven screen modern cinema facility below ground, and creates a new residential neighbourhood orientated towards the rear of the site.
In addition to the cinema site, the development includes a former Royal Mail sorting office which has frontages on High Street Kensington and Earls Court Road. The overall scheme provides 8 contemporary townhouses, 54 residential apartments (including 20 affordable), office, retail and a 1,000 seat cinema in five buildings.
The design approach sought to complement the retained 1920’s Neo-Grecian entrance. A repetitive flowing cast façade is designed as a draped veil backdrop to the grand proscenium arch, providing a series of elegant vertical waves across the building. The flowing veil concept is applied to other buildings within the development, using a handful of materials including bronze anodised aluminium fins as a darker counterpoint to the pale masonry.
Client Minerva Ltd
Development Manager Delancey
Landscape Gross Max
Project Manager Second London Wall
Planning Consultants Montagu Evans
Quantity Surveyor EC Harris
Services Hoare Lea
Structure AKT II