A striking mixed-use project in London by SPPARC draws its inspiration from the area’s candle making past


Ed Reeve

SPPARC has completed 145 Kensington Church Street, a 1580-square-metre mixed-use development in west London for developers Savills Investment Management and Unbranded Properties. Occupying a prominent corner site and drawing inspiration from the area’s candle making past, the six-storey scheme comprises three floors of office space and four residential apartments.

Ground- and upper-floor plans

The residential apartments, which occupy the uppers floors, feature floor-to-ceiling windows and whitewashed oak floors. A terrace serves one of the top floor apartments, while balconies are provided for the two duplex apartments. The office space faces Kensington Church Street and incorporates bike storage and shower facilities at the basement level.


The facade is intended to evoke the traditional candle manufacturing process whereby wax is heated in a dipping container. Quartz aggregate employed in the bespoke precast cladding panels gives the elevations a shimmering appearance when struck by sunlight.

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Structural engineer
Pell Frischmann
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