Durley House, Sloane Street, Chelsea
Durley House is sited adjacent to the historic Hans Town Conservation Area, opposite to the Grade II Listed Cadogan Place Gardens, and next to the site of the demolished ‘Cadogan Gate’. As such, the design was inspired by the local heritage to imbue a sense of ‘Refined Luxury’ with the scale of the small walled external spaces providing an opportunity to create a welcoming home-from-home guest experience - a private retreat / guest house to The Cadogan Hotel.
Understanding the microclimate and low light conditions was crucial in creating a planting scheme that would survive and flourish in the highly shaded spaces. Elevated stepped roof extensions provided an opportunity to create an alternative planting palette of low maintenance / high impact green roof garden which could be viewed from the adjacent properties. The landscape design proposed a pair of ‘secret’ interconnected walled gardens, creating a refined character through careful plant composition and high quality materials to afford aspect and a discreet and secluded private dining / entertaining space.