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The Candle Factory

Introduction

This 17,000 sq.ft mixed use development in Kensington Church Street draws inspiration from the area’s candle-making history. The building echoes aspects of the candle-creation process in which wax is heated in a dipping container. The precast panels were specially developed for the building and contain a quartz aggregate, designed to give a shimmering effect to the façade.

Discover

Praised by planners as a cohesive addition to the townscape, SPPARC worked closely with the local authority to gain planning approval and to produce an exceptional mixed-use development with a dynamic façade, that compliments the character of the Conservation Area whilst being unapologetic about its modernity. Through a carefully crafted design that reflects on the traditional building hierarchy of the surrounding conservation area, SPPARC was able to successfully integrate a larger scaled building onto this prominent site. The residential apartments that occupy the second to fifth floors feature floor-to-ceiling openable windows and interiors finished with white-washed oak. A terrace situated on the rooftop serves one of the two lateral apartments, whilst the two duplex apartments are served by balcony spaces. The office space which fronts directly onto Kensington Church Street is served with bike storage and shower facilities at the basement level. The scheme design has been informed by the candle making heritage of this part of Kensington with the main façade resembling the candle creation process in which wax was heated in a dipping container. The specially developed precast panels contain a quartz aggregate that gives a shimmering effect to the façade. The scheme design has been informed by the candle making heritage of this part of Kensington with the main façade resembling the candle creation process in which wax was heated in a dipping container. The specially developed precast panels contain a quartz aggregate that gives a shimmering effect to the façade.

Through a carefully crafted design that reflects on the traditional building hierarchy of the surrounding conservation area, SPPARC was able to successfully integrate a larger scaled building onto this prominent site. The residential apartments that occupy the second to fifth floors feature floor-to-ceiling openable windows and interiors finished with white-washed oak. A terrace situated on the rooftop serves one of the two lateral apartments, whilst the two duplex apartments are served by balcony spaces. The office space which fronts directly onto Kensington Church Street is served with bike storage and shower facilities at the basement level. The scheme design has been informed by the candle making heritage of this part of Kensington with the main façade resembling the candle creation process in which wax was heated in a dipping container. The specially developed precast panels contain a quartz aggregate that gives a shimmering effect to the façade. A terrace situated on the rooftop serves one of the two lateral apartments, whilst the two duplex apartments are served by balcony spaces. The office space which fronts directly onto Kensington Church Street is served with bike storage and shower facilities at the basement level. The scheme design has been informed by the candle making heritage of this part of Kensington with the main façade resembling the candle creation process in which wax was heated in a dipping container.

A terrace situated on the rooftop serves one of the two lateral apartments, whilst the two duplex apartments are served by balcony spaces. The office space which fronts directly onto Kensington Church Street is served with bike storage and shower facilities at the basement level. The scheme design has been informed by the candle making heritage of this part of Kensington with the main façade re

The scheme balances matters of scale, material quality and functionality to achieve a building which has distinctive architecture while sensitive cohabiting with the surrounding heritage context.

Trevor Morriss,
Principal SPPARC

Define

The residential apartments that occupy the second to fifth floors feature floor-to-ceiling openable windows and interiors finished with white-washed oak. A terrace situated on the rooftop serves one of the two lateral apartments, whilst the two duplex apartments are served by balcony spaces. The office space which fronts directly onto Kensington Church Street is served with bike storage and shower facilities.

Develop

Through a carefully crafted design that reflects on the traditional building hierarchy of the surrounding conservation area, Spparc was able to successfully integrate a larger scaled building onto this prominent site. The residential apartments that occupy the second to fifth floors feature floor-to-ceiling openable windows and interiors finished with white-washed oak.

Deliver

Aterrace situated on the rooftop serves one of the two lateral apartments, whilst the two duplex apartments are served by balcony spaces. The office space which fronts directly onto Kensington Church Street is served with bike storage and shower facilities at the basement level.