The Cheyne Walk neighbourhood in London packs more history than entire cities. Between the World’s End to Chelsea Physic Garden the homes along this tree-lined street have hosted rock stars, politicians, footballers and artists. It’s been the home for two members of the Rolling Stones and is entrenched in popular culture as a bastion of 1960s Chelsea cool.
Today you’ll find that the Thameside homes along Cheyne Walk have a more refined aesthetic inside and out, referencing both the areas classic history and Chelsea heyday. Boutiques, restaurants and bars abound within a few minutes walk, and Battersea Park and the Chelsea Physic Garden are just a stroll down the road. Maintaining period charm with modernity, the terraced houses and Edwardian flats along the Cheyne Walk are neighboured by innovative new builds and modern renovations.
This stunning four bedroom home by architecture firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is one of those homes. Seemingly modest in size from the outset when viewed against the grand proportioned homes nearby, the newly-completed design offers a wealth of living spaces over four light-filled floors. Here the ground level houses the central living area, with an open plan kitchen and dining space with a generous double-height seating area that is enhanced with a large clerestory window above.
Features like this drive the easy, luxurious modernity throughout the design. Floor-to-ceiling glazing appears throughout the home, particularly impactful in the front bedroom’s corner windows, where you can see out to the Thames. Oak is used elegantly and extensively in the bespoke joinery of the window sills, internal doors and staircases.
The home stands out from its older neighbours for another notable reason – its environmental impact – or lack thereof. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have a reputation for pioneering environment expertise, and this house has sustainability embedded in its bones. The structure, built on a CLT frame, is highly insulated, a process that saves the equivalent of roughly seven flights between New York and London. Adding to this, waste heat is captured by the mechanical ventilation heat recovery system, recycling over 80% of the energy that would otherwise be wasted.
Both a contemporary triumph and historic address, this is a justifiable lifestyle investment in style, postcode and environmental impact – a true triple threat.