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OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

United Kingdom Architecture News - May 20, 2016 - 18:18   8040 views

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Office For Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) completed new residential blocks in London in collaboration with Allies & MorrisonTwo studio's design seeks to save the building by re-injecting life into the modernist monument while retaining its distinctive copper roof and parabolic form. New residential accommodation integrates into the existing fabric of the site, regenerating the western end of Kensington High Street. 

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Image © Sebastian Van Damme

The original building, by Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall and Partners, completed in 1962, marks the transition from British Empire to Commonwealth and is regarded by English Heritage, the UK government's statutory adviser on the historic environment, as an important modern building. 

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Image © Hufton and Crow

The Commonwealth Institute has stood empty and been closed to the public since 2002. In 2006, the grade II* listed building (one of the highest protection ratings possible in the UK), was threatened with demolition after a failed government proposal to delist it. With this project, two studios now conceive a new future for London's Commonwealth Institute and to ultimately rehabilitate a period that continues to inform contemporary architecture.

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Image © Sebastian Van Damme

OMA and Allies & Morrison's design creates pure materiality in three new stone-clad apartment buildings that are set parallel to the museum building within a new landscape adjacent to Holland Park. Creating strong sculptural cubic volumes the buildings provide 58 highly specified apartments together with a spa, swimming pool and car parking within a private basement.

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Image © Sebastian Van Damme

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Image © Philip Vile, Chelsfield Developments(Kensington) Ltd.

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Image © Philip Vile, Chelsfield Developments(Kensington) Ltd.

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Image © Hufton and Crow

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Image © OMA

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Image © OMA

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Image © OMA

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site


Image © OMA

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Image © OMA

Project Facts

Name: holland green

Architects: OMA with allies & morrison

Developer: chelsfield developments (kensington) ltd.

OMA team:

Partner in charge: reinier de graaf

Project director: carol patterson

Project managers: mario rodriguez, isabel silva, fenna wagenaar, mitesh dixit, richard hollington III, beth hughes

Allies and Morrison team:

Partners: simon fraser, robert maxwell

Director: neil shaughnessy

Associate directors: joel davenport, heidi shah

Associates: sean joyce, johanna coste-buscayret

Team: dinka beglerbegovic, fabiana paluszny, stuart thomson

Design team:

Structural engineer: arup structures

Services engineer: arup services

Acoustics: arup acoustic

Façades: arup facades / FMDC

Fire: arup fire

Quantity surveyor: AECOM

Landscape architect: west 8

Interior design: CZL

Top image © Philip Vile, Chelsfield Developments(Kensington) Ltd.

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