Holland Green & British Design Museum

London, UK

An intricate and integral design process, West 8 have been privileged to refurbish the heritage-listed landscape surrounding the new home of the British Design Museum.

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 the regular deliveries to the ongoing footfall from museum visitors.

West 8’s landscape proposals, combined with the building architecture of both the historic Institute and the proposed new dwellings, have been part of an intricate integral design process. The necessary consultation form such a notable development formed a crucial part of the process. The Local Council sought the feedback, critique and/or no-objection notice of various statutory bodies, including CABE, English Heritage, the local architecture review panel, Transport for London, as well as feedback of local interest groups such as Friend of Holland Park and local traders. West 8 was an integral part of the consultation team outlining design intent and explaining design decisions.

The construction of the buildings and the refurbishment of the Parabola building was completed in November 2016.


224 KHS Developments Ltd, (Chelsfield)


OMA, John Pawson & Allies and Morrison