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.