An assemblage of new and historic buildings around a new courtyard will become a new mixed-use precinct to the northwest of the Covent Garden piazza. This new destination immersed within the existing urban fabric will be something of a quiet refuge in a busy and colourful part of London.
The public realm was the starting point of the design and is intended to be the unifying element that knits together the different buildings and uses. The new passages connect the formerly inaccessible interior of the block to surrounding routes and venues. Upon emerging from a passage through a nineteenth century terrace in King Street into the treed courtyard visitors will discover an entirely new lifestyle retail and dining concept unique to London. The ground floor is a continuous network of indoor and outdoor spaces including refurbished period shop fronts and interiors.
Contemporary architecture is interwoven with historic buildings of varied styles and materials, creating an environment that is feels both new and completely integrated with the surroundings. In Floral Street, a vertical folly inspired by the stacked crates of the working warehouses of the former market will be its most prominent architectural feature. Facades of handmade brick and steel framed windows were inspired by the surrounding warehouses but are distinctly modern in scale and proportion.
45 apartments occupy 6 different buildings, three of which are listed. KPF’s scope includes the design of residential interiors: contemporary in Floral Street to complement the new architecture and period restorations in the King Street terraces. A unified basement houses a central plant, distributes utilities and provides below grade servicing links to the six buildings. This fully integrated model of development makes Kings Court a new model for sustainable high density living in a conservation area.