De Vere Gardens provides 97 luxury apartments in the prestigious Kensington district of London. Located on the site of the former Kensington Park and Kensington Palace Thistle hotels. The development comprises of six buildings and incorporates three retained Victorian façades. The building design uses luxury steel windows and doors finished in architectural bronze to compliment the design aesthetics.
The complex De Vere Gardens development was delivered under the supervision of main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine and developed by the practice of David Chipperfield Architects. It includes two new nine-storey buildings providing a 79-space underground car park as well as fitness amenities, including a 25m long pool and spa and entertainment facilities.
The long façades are characterized by a spectacular 3.7 metre high elevation of Secco EBE 85 steel windows. In addition to these impressive windows large expanses of floor-to-ceiling lift and slide steel framed doors enable the balconies and terraces to open up, taking full advantage of the views overlooking Kensington Gardens and Palace. Around 30 kilometres of profiles from the EBE 85 systems have been designed and fabricated in numerous fixtures, all were made from architectural bronze.
Using architectural bronze throughout provides the impressive identity and design to the project that was desired. Bronze is a naturally noble material used to provide a luxury, bespoke element to the design. The slim frame metal profiles and the insertion of concealed vents provides a contemporary elegance leaving maximum space for the transparency of glass. Additionally, the high thermal, acoustic and safety performances certified by the best European laboratories and tested on the field, grant absolute quality.
The luxury steel framed doors used within the new development provides primary access into the lobby area where the luxury apartments can be accessed. This is a high traffic area and acts as the key entrance for the building. It was crucial for the doors to have exceptional thermal performance and insulation as well as providing a cohesive design with the rest of the development.
The fixed and openable windows and the long string of glazed panes from the lift and slide doors of the 97 flats that enlivens the new and original Victorian façades.
A comment from David Chipperfield Architects:
“The architectural bronze finish to the profiles brings the final touch expressing the powerful identify of the project. The perfection of design is combined with the guarantee of the eco-sustainability of the building.”
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