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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

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United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

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Re-injecting life into a modernist monument

Holland Green & British Design Museum, London, UK

A composition of free-standing buildings within a green setting, renovating and preserving a heritage landscape with almost seamless transitions between hard- and soft-scape.

Working alongside OMA and Allies and Morrison, the redevelopment of the former Commonwealth Institute in London included the development of residential buildings, renovations to the Grade 2 Heritage-listed Parabola Building, and the surrounding heritage landscape. The original landscape design of the complex was inspired by Dame Sylvia Crowe. The retention of historically important trees and the sensitive context of adjacent Holland Park were combined with extensive site works necessary for the construction of underground car parking and facilities.

Key design considerations of the design included the paradox of public access, managing the necessary exposure of the museum, and the desired seclusion of the luxury apartments. In addition, the design integrates a well-considered access strategy that covers everything from regular deliveries to the ongoing footfall from museum visitors.

224 KHS Developments Ltd, (Chelsfield)

OMA, John Pawson & Allies and Morrison

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