Private fountain, Kensington

Chris Dyson Architects, London, 2012

 

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Kensington fountain brick door detail 

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Private Residence Garden

Due to the scale of surrounding buildings little would grow in this urban garden and so its owner decided to install a hard landscape design.

This commission has taken two years to materialise, due to the difficulty of accessing the garden.

Granite was used for the sets and fountain, which were imported from Zurich where they were fabricated by stone mason Mario Pedretti. The sets are laid with 2mm joints. An existing York stone perimeter was re-laid to accommodate a galvanised steel slot drain.

The fountain was delivered to London in 6 sections, top bowl, column and four quadrants at the base forming a larger bowl, and was assembled on site and jointed with molten lead. It was built over a chamber containing the pump and reservoir tank for the fountain. The fountain can be operated by remote control and is designed to make a gentle splashing noise with a ripple effect.

Delivery to site was one of the many challenges for this installation and led to an ingenious solutions, delivery was made through the wall of neighbouring department store. An opening was made in a brick party wall to allow access to the garden. A brick clad steel door was installed to maintain future accessibility to the garden.

Data

  • Begun: May 2012
  • Completed: Oct 2012
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £200,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: May 2010
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: Kensington, London, W8, United Kingdom

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