About Shape Architecture Kensington

When it comes to basement extensions in Kensington, including two storey basement conversions, Shape Architecture London is a company with a vast deal of experience.

Ten Basement Projects

We have put together a downloadable brochure featuring Ten Basement Projects that we have completed as architects in Kensington. This brochure can be found here – Ten Basement Projects in Fulham and Kensington – or from the top menu or footer of our website’s home page.

Architects in Kensington, London

One such double basement conversion has been designed for a high end Residential project at Douro Place, Kensington. Here, London based Shape Architecture, successfully obtained planning permission for the double basement extension, focusing on the challenge of getting as much light as possible to permeate the lower levels of the property. Douro Place also presented other particular planning challenges when compared to other double basement proposals in Kensington and Chelsea, as well as in London at large, as it is in a cul-de-sac and within a conservation area.

Kensington Architects Utilise Natural Light

The design process focussed on opening up the existing spaces and bringing natural light into the heart of the building, to both enliven the interior and provide a series of views between various rooms and out to the garden spaces beyond. The internal staircase is one of the main features of the design, and sat at the heart of the project’s philosophy, with its transparency bringing a certain light quality to the double basements that would not have been possible with artificial lighting.

Contemporary Architecture in Kensington

The brief for us as architects in Kensington for Douro Place was to update a Victorian era semi-detached house in London for 21st Century living, and to that end, sustainable elements were made a part of the design process from the very beginning. For example, the green roof at the very top of the property is juxtaposed with photovoltaic slate panels by our creative Kensington architects. Below that, the second floor roof terrace opens directly into the top floor living area and bedroom featuring ‘his and hers’ en suite bathrooms, with the floor below consisting of four bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which is en suite. On the upper ground floor, the entrance hall and feature staircase dominate, with a real emphasis on transparent features and partitions in order to both bring light into all levels of the building and also to maintain a sense of openness and space with lines of sight to the garden beyond and the basements below. The lower ground, with light permeating from above, contains accommodation for a guest and a nanny, and a home gym and a home cinema. At the rear of the property, an external glass staircase and balcony allow access between the garden and the lower ground level and the kitchen and dining space on the upper ground above.

Architects in Kensington

The project at Douro Place underwent a rigorous design development throughout the design process. The range of drawings produced included internal elevations of each room in order to gain a thorough and precise understanding of the project. Three dimensional computer models were also created, to aid the communication of the design to all parties and also to provide studies of the way in which natural light would penetrate the interior spaces. As architects in Kensington we always work to ensure that our projects are communicated clearly to our clients.

Technical Expertise of Basements in Kensington

In the creation of basement extensions in Kensington there are many technical issues that can require expertise in their construction. Having constructed a wide range of basements as London architects, including gaining planning permission for a double basement in Kensington and Chelsea as established Kensington architects, Shape Architecture has a proven track record of success in the borough, and also has excellent working relationships with structural engineers and basement contractors across Kensington. We have also worked on a wide range of Basement Extensions throughout the rest of London. The range of different types and sizes vary from a basement combined with a lower ground floor conversion in Chelsea to a basement below a mews property elsewhere in Kensington at Adam and Eve Mews that features gradated glass panels in the floor above and a large two-storey lightwell at the rear of the floorplan clad in glass. This will create a modern and contemporary feel to the basement, as well as being a striking feature for the property.

The challenge of getting light to penetrate into the basement and the way in which a basement project can help integrate the inside and outside spaces has been investigated at all of our basement projects in London from our base as Kensington architects. At one project in Fulham, a feature glass cube houses a stair that leads from the ground floor kitchen down to the basement level. The glass box allows clear views into the garden, and helps bring much more light into the basement.

Design Approach for Architecture Kensington

Shape Architecture uses 3D graphics on all our projects and at all stages of the design process. We find that this is an excellent way for communicating clearly with the client, and a way in which various solutions to their design issues can be explored and presented clearly+. In basement design we can also produce animations to show the movement of light and sunlight in the basement over time. Our initial consultation is always free and we are always happy to visit your home and discuss your plans.

Kensington Basement Extensions

Shape Architecture has recently obtained planning permission for a Basement Extension in Adam and Eve Mews in Kensington. Here similar design challenges as working in a cul-de-sac presented themselves. The challenge also lay in bringing light down into the basement as there was no means to form external pavement light or light well to the Mews frontage. Instead we designed a full width internal structural glass platform that ran from being semi opaque to clear glass across its length. This provided much interest and light to the basement below. The basement extension also benefitted from an existing lightwell at Ground Floor level which was extended down into the basement to bring further light into the space. We are also working on a new basement extension in Kensington in Pembridge Mews which was awarded based on our experience of complex basement designs in Kensington.

Listed Building Architects in London

Shape Architecture London was also employed to work on the complete redesign and remodelling of the Grade Two listed building the Hansom Cab public house, also in Kensington and Chelsea, creating a luxury duplex apartment in the upper levels of the building. In order to produce the separate entrance that the contemporary London apartment would need, the restaurant and layout of the working pub was re-worked amidst much careful thought and planning, thus allowing our Kensington architects to make the alterations to the listed building and providing the space needed to install the entrance to the luxury apartment above the pub. At the first floor level, the most striking feature is the wonderful amount of natural light that floods through the large elegant windows. Windows on various sides of the building allow views onto the streets and squares beyond. The bathrooms and kitchens are finished with a high quality of fixtures and fittings, and a limited and carefully chosen palette of materials is used in order to create a bright and contemporary stylish interior architecture to match the beautifully detailed Grade Two listed exterior.

Extensions in Kensington

Shape Architecture have designed at built many extensions in Kensington. These include a recent second floor extension with internal refurbishment in Earls Court Gardens. The extension allowed the relocation of the family bathroom and subsequent increase in size of all existing bedrooms on the second floor.

Ten Basement Projects

We have put together a downloadable brochure featuring Ten Basement Projects that we have completed as architects in Kensington. These projects include some mentioned above, and the brochure features good examples of the quality of light and space that we constantly aim to recreate in our work. We are proud of our work creating architecture in Kensginton, and the quotes at the back of the brochure are evidence of the excellent professional relationships we forge with clients and contractors alike. If you would see these examples of our work as Kensington architects, the brochure can be found here – Ten Basement Projects in Fulham and Kensington – or from the top menu or footer of our website’s home page.

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