A difficult planning environment made the vacant former Commonwealth Institute impossible to develop for 15 years. Renovation of the Grade II listed building, with its 1960’s modernist roof, presented a considerable engineering and design challenge.


The tired buildings around the perimeter have been replaced by three large residential apartment buildings designed by Rem Koolhaas’s OMA, all of which complement the existing central building that is to become the new home for the Design Museum. The hyperbolic paraboloid roof and associated structure is being meticulously restored. Exquisite private and public gardens to surround the site.


A 300k sqft development including three high value residential buildings and an iconic museum set in their own landscaped grounds. The exceptional design criteria have attracted a wide range of international ultra-high net worth purchasers, delivering residential values in excess of £4,000 psf.