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Holland Park Café

Feilden+Mawson was appointed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to design a new café in Holland Park.

Holland Park previously housed the Grade I Listed remains of Holland House, first built in 1605. Holland House underwent significant damage during the Blitz and had also been truncated in the 1950’s, however, many of the outbuildings and formal gardens survived. The new café is situated within the historic Dutch Garden adjacent to the west wing of Holland House and is entered through the Grade I Listed arcade.

The Café follows the Park’s contours over a series of terraces and its unusual shape is defined by the historic brick wall that forms the back wall. It is experienced as a seamless sequence of inter-related internal and external spaces and is fully glazed to maximise the views out and links to the terraces. The materials used were chosen to complement both the Park surroundings and Holland House, and to minimise any impact upon the historic setting. These included untreated cedar cladding, terne coated steel roofing, and granite for the floor and external terrace.