Client: Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Location: Holland Park, London
Area: 2.5 hectares
Project Type: Heritage & Culture / Public Realm
XQLA lead a multidisciplinary team to shape sensitive proposals for improved public realm at the South Terrace and arcade spaces of the Grade 1 listed house in this central London park. In close collaboration with stakeholders and Friends of Holland Park, a series of sensitive yet incisive interventions were developed to deliver new contemporary spaces appropriate to this historic park. The ambition of the scheme has been to not simply re-engage the building with the park, but also hearts and minds with the story of the house; a fragmentary ruin (devastated by incendiary bombing in 1940) the remains of the house had since the 1980s formed a backdrop and home for Opera Holland Park during the summer and therefore inaccessible to the public save for the winter months. The completed scheme will provide improved café spaces, visual and physical access to the South Terrace and a new high quality courtyard forecourt for this fine Jacobean house, such that it can once again sit proudly as the centre piece of the parkland landscape.