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Haptic wins go-ahead for Chelsea homes scheme

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Haptic Architects has won the green light to replace a former studio building in Rosemoor Street, Chelsea with four new homes

The project for boutique developer Banda Property also includes the like-for-like replacement of Orford House - a neighbouring four-bedroom townhouse on the corner of Rawlings Street.

The studio scheme will feature a pair of two-bedroom apartments and a further two one-bedroom flats behind a coal-fired pale brickwork and precast stone façade.

Scott Grady, director at Haptic Architects said: ’The ambition and challenge for this project was to create a contemporary piece of architecture that drew, in a subtle manner, from the context of the conservation area, whilst providing a unique identity for the former Studio building site.

‘The design addresses the context through form and proportion but perhaps more critically in its detail and materiality; providing an overall calmness through the unifying tone of the brick and stonework.’

Work is due to complete on both projects, which are in the heart of Chelsea Conservation Area, before the end of the year.

Haptic Architects' proposed Rosemoor Studios, Rosemoor Street, Kensington

Haptic Architects’ proposed Rosemoor Studios, Rosemoor Street, Kensington

Exploded axonometric

The architect’s view

’Rosemoor Studios have been designed as a contemporary insertion into the historic townscape. Compositionally, the façade reinterprets the townhouses of adjacent Rawlings Street, with a precast stone base providing a distinction between the ground floor and upper storeys, which borrow from the same language of brick walls punctuated by stone framed openings.

’The expressed precast framing, vertical window proportions and their asymmetrical relationship are designed to draw from the surrounding context, whilst providing a visually engaging façade. Window openings and the precast framing are accentuated with deep setbacks, visually connecting with skylights and the sky beyond.

’The proposed materials; high quality, coal-fired pale brickwork and precast stone with understated details such as delicate metal windows and balustrades, will ensure the building sits comfortably among the neighbouring stucco whilst expressing its own architectural individuality.

’Orford House will be a like-for-like replacement of the existing stucco building, in keeping with the grand architecture of both the building and the surrounding area. It will benefit from generous internal living areas and a large terrace to the rear. As well as four bedrooms, the property will offer a formal drawing room, separate living room, cinema room and a large open plan kitchen/dining room. The interiors will feature a warm contemporary palette, with prominent materials including timber, slate and brass.’

Project data

Location Chelsea, Rawlings Street SW3 2LR
Type of project Residential
Client BANDA Property
Architect Haptic Architects
Planning consultant Savills
Structural engineer FORM
M&E consultant KUT
Quantity surveyor Webster Charles
Lighting consultant Light-House Designs
Main contractor HAIG


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