K1-Knightsbridge Estate / Fletcher Priest Architects / london + köln + riga | fletcherpriest
K1 Knightsbridge Estate  Chelsfield

K1 is a major mixed use redevelopment at the heart of one of London’s most prestigious shopping district. Our design seeks to reinvigorate, restore and celebrate this key London city block by unlocking space for contemporary retail, offices and new apartments grouped around a sheltered open roof garden. Public realm improvements include wider pavements along Brompton Road with a new improved entrance to Knightsbridge Underground Station.

A landscaped pocket square off Hooper’s Court will be home to an additional step-free access to the tube station that brings back to life redundant London Underground infrastructure. By dedicating a significant rooftop cooling system to London Underground, the scheme will unlock its plan to increase the speed and frequency of Piccadilly Line trains.

K1 will see the corner of Brompton Road and Sloane Street restored as the gateway to Knightsbridge. At the first floor cast metal arched vaults will replace the underground station which was a late addition to the corner. Further along the Brompton Road the ground floors of buildings will be restored so that individual gabled ‘houses’ are reconnected to the street. A new 100,000sq ft office building will be created with an entrance on Hoopers Court.

K1 introduces an oasis of calm to the heart of the development – a formal garden around which are grouped 35 new apartments. Above, there will be a rooftop restaurant masked by a series of perforated, angled shutters that are designed to act as a screen to protect the privacy of residents and angle the diners’ views towards the sunset over Harrods rooftops to the west.