Spanning centuries, design eras, and almost an entire city block, starchitect David Chipperfield’s One Kensington Park, a 97 unit luxury residential building completed in 2015, combines nineteenth-century terrace homes with clean, contemporary architecture to create and facilitate a new vision for London’s storied architectural future, as well as providing excellent views of Kensington Gardens, located directly across the street. Also in the neighborhood is Kensington Palace itself, as well as, mere blocks away, Kensington Palace Gardens, Britain’s most expensive street, “where global plutocrats such as Roman Abramovich, Leonard Blavatnik and Lakshmi Mittal own stuccoed mansions” behind guarded gates, well out of the public view.
Set amongst all this limestone and marble grandeur is a crisp, young upstart of a building; while I am always a fan of crisp concrete masonry and exceedingly slim metal railings, my favorite aspect of this composition is its seems, the areas in the design where modern meets historic, a simultaneously robust and stayed setting complete with Victorian flourishes and slim Juliette balconies—I live for the tension and drama!
Once inside this impressive building, you are greeted by the twenty-four hour concierge, as well as access to amenities such as the numerous courtyard gardens, swimming pool, gym, and sauna, all private amenities for residents and their guests.
The interiors reveal expansive spaces that allow the owner to customize and personalize the use of each room. The fine details, such as the herringboned floors and waterfall countertops, continue the synthesis of old and new first introduced on the exterior into the interior spaces.
One Kensington Garden is a magnificent building, a building composed of many fine details and angles strung together one at a time, one after another—the banality of beauty.
Due to the wonderfully amorphous and Tetris-like qualities of One Kensington Garden, there are numerous floor plan options to suite all tastes and desires.
One Kensington Garden currently has homes available from between $5.6M for a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, garden level duplex to a $38.8M 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom, simplex ringed by a massive sheltered terrace overlooking Kensington Gardens. The listing is courtesy of Moreas Madani and Sami Robertson of Knight Frank.
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