Architect 4D Studio working in Porchester Terrace, Bayswater

Posted on April 30, 2015 · Posted in Architecture, Historic Buildings, Project Locations, Uncategorized


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Architect 4D Studio is delighted to have been commissioned to find more space and remodel a historic town house in Porchester Terrace, Bayswater.

This presents a greater challenge to our residential architects than usual because the house already has side, rear and basement additions. So with only the roof left and restrictions on height 4D Studio have come up with an ingenious yet discrete increase in roof height combined with a lowering of the top floors within the building to create the necessary ceiling height.

By adopting this clever solution 4D Studio will give our client an additional floor of accommodation without compromising the fine façade of the building in Porchester terrace

Porchester Terrace runs north from Bayswater Road and is close to both Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

It is in the heart of Bayswater, an area characterised by large town houses and period apartments in an array of building styles including Grade II listed white stucco fronted buildings and sought-after family friendly garden squares.

Bayswater is a cosmopolitan and elegant area to the north of Hyde Park and west of Oxford Street. Within it are different character zones with the thriving bustling retail and leisure activities of Queensway sitting alongside some of London’s most elegant and sought after Garden Squares. As a result it is one of central London’s most sought after property hot spots and offers residents more for their money than in they would get in Mayfair or Notting Hill.

The Bayswater streets and squares are renowned for their white Stucco fronted terraced houses and peaceful garden squares many of which have been converted into flats. There are a few bespoke blocks of 1930s and 1950s apartments in the commercial areas and overlooking the park. The architecture, combined with the central location, attracts successful young professionals and wealthy families. There is a significant international population with residents from the Arab countries, Greece, America and Brazil.

There are five obvious benefits to living in Baysewater

  1. Location – there is everything one needs within walking distance. This is unusual, even in London.
  2. Travel – it is close to Paddington Station from which there is the fast link to Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express
  3. Central and Green – Bayswater borders the wonderful parkland of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
  4. Shopping in the West End. Bayswater is close to the best department store in the world. I am referring to Selfridges – which in 2010 beat Bloomingdale’s in New York to the title.
  5. The Westminster Borough location – often referred to as Westminster City it is arguably the most cosmopolitan of all London Boroughs

Pub Quiz Facts

In the 1850’s Lancaster Gate was considered the best address in London

Raymond Blanc made a salad that cost £635.60 in the Hempel Hotel in Bayswater. The Florette Sea and Earth salad included 50g of Almas golden caviar

Queen Victoria gave her name to Queensway because as a princess she used to ride there.

Bayswater has one of the London’s highest concentrations of hotels

The name Bayswater originates from Baynard the name of a tenant there after the Norman Conquest. His name was associated with an area springs of fresh water at Paddington, called Baynard’s Water which was corrupted to Bayswater

There are no houses behind the doors at 23 and 24 Leinster Gardens? A tube line runs underneath these houses and to cover this up, a 5ft thick façade was built to match the properties either side. In the 1930s guests were sold tickets to a ball at these dummy houses at 10 guineas each. Guests arrived in full evening dress only to realise, when they knocked, it was a joke

Bayswater is well known for its Georgian stucco terraces, many of which are Grade II listed, there are also handsome 1930s mansion blocks and a few new small residential developments.