Ashburton House has a complex history. Originally built in 1873 as a coach house and stabling serving Kent House, the six-storey townhouse is located in a the gated Rutland Gardens in Knightsbridge. Substantial and unsympathetic alterations across the proceeding century have left it at odds with neighbouring buildings.
The project involves the partial retention of the front façade and the complete re-building of the rear. The number of internal floors is reduced from 6 to 5 allowing grand ceiling heights to be achieved, improving the position of the windows and overall appearance. Traditional windows, brickwork and metalwork are reinstated to complement the buildings’ immediate context.
MSMR’s interior concept draws inspiration from the grand houses of London whilst incorporating new elements inside such as a sweeping top-lit staircase, a new gym and bedroom at basement level, improved access and lift facilities.
MSMR successfully obtained planning permission for the sensitive redevelopment of the property, which is located in the Knightsbridge Conservation Area.