Client The Lansdowne Club
Location London, UK
Having completed the refurbishment of The Lansdowne Club’s dining room and piano bar in 2016, as part of a long-term regeneration strategy developed by Jestico + Whiles, the practice was invited to compete in designing a new £1m courtyard for the Grade II* listed club in Mayfair.
The competition’s aim was to deliver a new flexible space within the heart of the historic complex, with a light and airy environment and a delightful, delicate and inspirational structure.
Our design proposes a landscaped respite, an orangery, a palm-court, and a courtyard that echoes the bygone days of art deco splendour at the club.
The proposal embraces the sky in a space that would be an enriched social focus for the club and that plays an intriguing balance between outside and in.
These words by W.S. Graham captured our imagination during the design process:
‘Enter a cloud.
O cloud, I see you entering from your west gathering yourself together into a white headlong.
And now you move.’
A solid perimeter to the roof accommodates a first-floor balcony, with a retractable glazed roof at the centre. The new aperture has a large mirrored perimeter to frame the sky and catches views of the clouds drifting past, while masking the surrounding buildings.
The underside of the roof is finished in undulating polished plaster to reflect light into the courtyard area, and the space is visually enhanced with mirrored glass set within the brick arcades.
The design seeks to open up new opportunities for how the club can build on and continue to add to its high-quality architectural and historic fabric.