Photograph by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
Located on the corner of King’s Road with Radnor Walk, in the very heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, sits this mixed-use project completed in 2018. This multifaceted development for Martin’s Properties comprises 3 flats, 4 townhouses, a three-storey retail unit and a health clinic accessed from an inner courtyard, all within the Royal Hospital Conservation Area.
Elevation to Radnor Walk
The sequence of buildings looks to the historic Georgian plot outline as a starting point. The complex site resolved a number of planning issues including concerns about the potential loss of a community facility and the balancing of the commercial aspect of King’s Road with the domestic nature of Radnor Walk. The proposal negotiates between these two uses while providing a cohesive building for the entire site.
View from King’s Road
On King’s Road, the black framed ground floor creates a strong base, alluding to Chelsea Potter opposite, whilst having a visual interest which responds to light. Over this, the crisply detailed rendered element relates to the scale of the commercial King’s Road. Whilst on Radnor Walk, the proportions of the brick facade respond to the rhythm of the residential street.
The interiors of the commercial unit, currently occupied by the restaurant Sticks’n’Sushi, have been designed by the Danish studio Norm Architects.