The South Kensington Club has been an exclusive members-only club in the heart of London for many years. Located in an historic building, the design presented many challenges with respect to maintaining some of the original building’s design features, especially in terms of fenestration and the façade, which could not be altered, complicating the client’s desire for additional space.
The Design Solution
Because one of London’s tube lines runs under the building, a basement addition required a deep study of the existing foundations and careful planning to safeguard the integrity of the rail tunnel below. Our box-in-a-box style solution prevents water infiltration, guarantees a low level of noise and preserves the stability of the existing structure. On the floor above, zones for new vertical circulation were agreed upon with the local authorities.
The Design Impact
A bespoke approach has been applied to every room to preserve the integrity of the building, resulting in a revitalised 200-year-old building. The design creates a sophisticated update that meets modern standards in safety, environmental quality and state of the art technology.
- 20,000 square feet
- Mediterranean restaurant
- Bar and sitting rooms
- 2017 London Lifestyle Awards, Members Club of the Year