The project involves the refurbishment and change of use of 5 grade II listed Victorian terraces from offices to a high end gallery space for South Kensington Estates Ltd.
Demolition of the unlisted rear garden properties will be required to make way for a new contemporary and bespoke art pavilion designed by architects Buckley Gray Yeoman. Formed of simple structural grid, it comprises a carefully detailed lightweight steel frame, intricately clad, to form a bespoke profile over an open plan ground floor gallery area.
Beneath the pavilion a double level basement is formed in reinforced concrete using contiguous piled walls to limit movement to the listed buildings. Existing closet wings to the rear of 2 and 4 Cromwell Place provide new circulation routes outside of the main building envelope with glazed link bridges connecting the closet wings and providing views down onto the sculptural shape of the gallery roof.