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Chelsea Barracks

location: London SW1

year: 2007

client: Lancer Properties

This design provides for 770 apartments and 5 penthouses facing onto a central open crescent shaped space which gives width and generosity at a critical point on an otherwise taught streetscape. The townscape plan was developed to enhance the experience for visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show.

The crescent form giving a focus and elegant backdrop to the event. The crescent has its geometric focal point at the axis of The Chelsea Hospital Building by Sir Christopher Wren. The existing Guards Chapel is preserved.

Materials are Portland Stone and with champagne hue metalwork. The verticality and rhythm of the facade echoes the classic Georgian 1.8m / 6ft window frame spacing.