This project for Holland Park School has given us an opportunity to explore in more detail how we work with historic buildings to make them fit for contemporary use. Grade II-listed Thorpe Lodge has a captivating history, and was originally a Palladian-style villa surrounded by countryside. Its distinguished residents include the Victorian portrait artist Henry Tanworth Wells and Montagu Norman, Governor of the Bank of England, both of whom remodelled the villa with the loss of much of the original character.


Our sensitive restoration has returned some of this character to the building, reworking it as an asset to the school. The jumbled sequence of internal spaces are now knitted back together, reconnecting the building to the street to encourage both school and community use.  A contemporary, lightweight art studio extension will support the wider curriculum.


The first phase of the works was the formation of the new porters Lodge enabling secure and generous visitor entry to the school.

Thorpe Lodge Phase 1 Gate House
Thorpe Lodge Entrance Interior
Thorpe Lodge Entrance
Thorpe Lodge Entrance 2
Thorpe Lodge Services

The projects consist of 3 phases: new porters lodge, art gallery extension and restoration of the original building.

Thorpe Lodge Construction 1
Thorpe Lodge Construction 2
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Thorpe Lodge Services

Working with the complexity of the existing interior much of the detailing had to be drafted on site.

Thorpe Lodge Sketches Interior
Thorpe Lodge Sketches Detail

Detailed research, considered proposals and extensive consultation resulting a planning consent without objection.

Thorpe Lodge Sketches Concept
Thorpe Lodge Sketches Concept 2
Thorpe Lodge Sketches Model 1
Thorpe Lodge Sketches Model 2

Understanding how the building had changed overtime lead to the formation of the new porters lodge and the positioning of the new art studio.

Thorpe Lodge Sketches Visualisation
Thorpe Lodge Sketches Model 2
Thorpe Lodge Visualisation 2
Thorpe Lodge Sketches Model 3
Thorpe Lodge Sketches Model 4
Thorpe Lodge Sketches Model 5

The lodge was in a neglected condition after 60 years of sporadic teaching uses.

Thorpe Lodge Research 1
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