Asia House

London

calfordseaden was appointed as architects for this scheme for the provision of a new London headquarters for Asia House; a major UK organisation involved in fostering cultural relations with the Far East.

The project involved the refurbishment of a Grade II Listed house and the delivery of a new facility comprising a 160 seat auditorium, art gallery and mews accommodation. We undertook feasibility studies and condition surveys to identify potential buildings for the client which led to the eventual purchase of a property in New Cavendish Street.

The new premise was originally a large private house with a grand staircase, fine plaster and painted ceilings. The building also had a collection of unsightly additions that had been made to the rear of the property.

The commission involved calfordseaden entering into prolonged negotiations with both Westminster Planners and English Heritage to reach an agreement on designs for the new headquarters. Approval of use was the result of a successful appeal.

The completed complex provides a gallery showcase for priceless collections of Asian artefacts, a lecture theatre/performance space on the lower floors, an elegant suite of reception rooms for visiting dignitaries on the first floor and administrative offices above.