Kindred is a unique and original concept which aims to address the contemporary needs of Londoners. London is a home to entrepreneurs and freelance workers and a young and inventive community. Kindred offers something new for this demographic, somewhere to work, meet others and crucially to engage with like minded others over a shared evening meal.
This unique building was a perfect home for this concept. The building’s western facade is a rare and exquisite example of the English Baroque style. The top floor interiors include fine-quality early-C18 panelling and carved decoration salvaged from the original house. As the building has had several histories, our design strategy was to expose and celebrate the structural frame and other original parts and clearly express the new interventions with contemporary detailing.
Studioshaw felt that the design should be unique like the Kindred concept, but crucially should be uplifting and timeless. They used high quality long lasting materials such as solid brass and marble as well as upgrading the environmental performance of the existing fabric where possible for example secondary glazing the original sash windows.
After an initial client meeting in February 2018, The project started in site in August 2018 with Listed Building Consent and was opened to the public at the beginning of January 2019. The key to this fast and successful design and site period was early contractor engagement and an efficient design process with high levels of client input.
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