A glamorous mixed-use development
Stiff+Trevillion for Derwent London
Contract value: £9m. GIA: 2729m2
This restoration and adaptive re-use of a 1930s Art Deco former cinema transforms Queensway’s dowdy edge into a glamorous mixed-use development of 16 apartments. The facade has been restored, including its original stained glass windows. Former solid brick walls have made way for horizontal bands delineating new cantilevered and curved balconies that fully respect the spirit of Art Deco.
Inside, the entrance lobby exhibits an extraordinary quality of detail with its riot of marble, travertine, mirror stainless steel and etched mirrors. Flats are well-proportioned but not extravagant and even the internal fire escape, with lovely handrails, is robust and well-detailed.
The developer client’s confidence to invest in artfulness and long term quality has produced a classic building reinvented with wit and virtuosity.
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