AN EXCLUSIVE EDWARDIAN SCHOOL ON CHELSEA’S HORTENSIA ROAD FORMS THE SETTING FOR A CURATED COLLECTION OF EIGHTEEN SOPHISTICATED RESIDENCES.
The essential character of this nostalgic building has been preserved and enhanced, whilst the impressive scale of its interior space offers a selection of bespoke residences with generous ceiling heights and natural light.
THE KING’S LIBRARY, BUILT IN 1908, WAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE SLOANE SCHOOL. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED BUILDINGS DESIGNED BY ARCHITECT THOMAS J. BAILEY AND THE VERY FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT SECONDARY SCHOOL IN THE UK.
In the 1970s the building was occupied by the first adult education college in Britain, which became the Kensington & Chelsea College. The College moved into a new facility next door in 2011 and the old Sloane School fell empty. During this time the vacant classrooms were used as a setting for the award winning film The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as scientist Stephen Hawking.
TENHURST’S APPROACH TO THE REVIVAL OF THIS LISTED FORMER SCHOOL SEEKS TO PRESERVE KEY FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS WHILE INSTALLING NEW BUILD SOLUTIONS IN THE BUILDING.
The fabric and façade of Bailey’s school has been sensitively restored as part of a thoughtful design process, which has revived the distinctive facade of the building fronting Hortensia Road.
An imposing new entrance and hallway has been created at the centre of the building, while the old boys and girls doorways to either side have been retained as private entrances for two of the ground floor residences.
Each of the eighteen residences at The King’s Library has been carefully designed by Robin Partington & Partners Architects, drawing inspiration from the character of the architecture while also creating individually crafted residences for contemporary living.