Szerelmey have recently completed work on the historic landmark site of the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington. The 3.5 acre site on High Street Kensington and adjacent to Holland Park has become home to the Design Museum and three new residential blocks. Szerelmey undertook all the external stone cladding for the three blocks, 7,000 square metres in total, using German Jura limestone. The blocks features an unusual design element incorporating ‘skyboxes’.
These are rectangular projections from the building which increase the floor space of the apartments, without increasing the site area at ground level. The skyboxes, which are clad with stones that are 2m x 1m, each box being 100 square metres, will be clad in stone sourced, fixed and installed by Szerelmey. The stone components of these sky boxes are extremely large and had to be lifted into place using special equipment including gas prop lifts.