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Chelsea Barracks

Chelsea Barracks

The use of flowers and natural elements is a reoccurring theme in my work. Specifically for the Chelsea Barracks project, it seemed appropriate to have this site which is right next to the grounds where the Chelsea Flower Show is hosted every year.

The combination of flowers is different for each house so each house is unique. We created a number of flowers; large ones, small ones, but they are all common flowers in Britain. 
I’m keen to bring organic-ness into my work but there’s also the skill of finding a balance between that world of organic nature and the geometry of the house. 
I like to bring something natural back to our cities which then links the houses to the outside world.

Chelsea Barracks

The background railing is a curved but geometrical arrangement that contrasts to the natural and unorganised floral elements; with the formality of the façade of the house, the railings bring the randomness and geometry together.

The combination of flowers is different for each house so each is unique. The flowers created are all common in Britain.
While each house has a unique flower combination on its balconies, from the street there is a homogeny.

The craftsmanship of the highly skilled blacksmiths based in a seventeenth century forge in Somerset brought the flowers to life.

Finding a balance between

that world of organic nature

and the geometry of the house

Chelsea Barracks
Chelsea Barracks
Chelsea Barracks
Chelsea Barracks
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Photography by Studio Tord Boontje, Jack Hobhouse