With studios in London, Hong Kong and Madrid, PDP London is British with an international design outlook and influences. Aware of global trends, it understands and respects the heritage legacy of urban surroundings and its culture of collaboration creates vibrant, lasting and timeless designs.
2020 has been busy. The pandemic has taught PDP London that it’s collaborative, supportive and flexible working culture can see it through the most difficult times. Flexibility and adaptability are designed into its work: for many people, homes are now also places of work and learning; but well-being also demands quality external space, as well as room for life and work. In contemporary and technically high-spec buildings of decent proportions with light and vistas, it is often unseen details like thermal efficiency which make for real comfort.
We’ve made time for research,’ says partner Alec Howard, design outlook and influences. ‘investigating how life will change post-pandemic: how we live, work and spend leisure time. More than ever before, we believe external environments and flexible internal living spaces will become key residential features. Ideally, we should be able to live where most needs, if not all, are within a short walk or bike ride – a more local approach to living.’
Three large luxury developments in London preserve local heritage: Regent’s Crescent, a modern and thermally efficient residential building set behind a grand Regency street, rebuilt as John Nash intended (the only Grade I listed façade to be rebuilt in the UK) features interiors by Millier; One Queen Anne’s Gate, weaving a new-build townscape into its Georgian façade to create a classic external aesthetic with state-of-the-art interiors in collaboration with Linley; Chelsea Barracks’ contemporary design for future living re-imagining Georgian townhouses on a magnificent scale, while featuring details like decorative balustrades to a design of locally found flora and fauna by Tord Boontje. Portland Stone exteriors veil interiors of hand-picked marble, limestone and granite in superlative living spaces by 1508 and Albion Nord.
At Auriens Chelsea, completing in 2021, thoughtful design allows residents to embrace vitality in their vintage years. The landmark Cambridge House hotel on Piccadilly is set to become one of London’s grandest.
Hong Kong’s Blue Pool Road takes inspiration from a faceted façade and distinguishes itself as a luxury, family residence reflecting the best of international design, materials and workmanship. Duke’s Place in the secluded Jardine’s Lookout area, is a new-build tower of spacious and flexible apartments with panoramic views. Ingenious electrical sliding door systems open the entire corner of an apartment, so no framing obstructing the views; the inside of the apartment turns into outdoor space, unique in its size in Hong Kong.
‘As a practice we put people at the heart of what we do, both in our work and in the way we work,’ says partner Pedro Roos. ‘Our approach of collaborative and innovative thinking is fundamental in adapting for the future and in shaping our homes and environments. As architects we have the opportunity to become creators of housing innovation through understanding space, flexibility, three-dimensional awareness and the use of technology.’