50 years ago, King's Road was the centre of London’s hippie and punk subcultures. Today, the area has grown into a hot spot for the upper class: designer boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and exclusive salons wherever you look.

Among these, one building stands out in particular: the Essoldo House is a true eye-catcher with its tower-like facade. Once you step inside, the view becomes even more impressive.

In with the new: an architectural challenge on King's Road

The Essoldo House is situated on the corner between Old Church Street and Paultons Square. At this location, Nick Shipp Architects set out to transform the old cinema of King's Road into a high-end residence.

No easy feat, considering the end result should still blend in with its surroundings. That’s why the architectural team chose to modulate the main facade after the streetscape: with its roundly shaped oriel, the modernised complex now serves as a linking element between the adjacent buildings.

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The large bay windows fill the rooms with plenty of daylight. Source: Alexander James

Reimagining a Chelsea house in London

On the ground floor, a small cinema and three shops have remained open to the public. The upper floors comprise eleven residential units between 70 and 145 square metres, with three maisonettes and eight one-storey flats.

From the balcony or the roof terrace, residents of the Essoldo House can enjoy breath-taking views across Chelsea’s King's Road. A concierge service at the entrance already hints at the level of luxury within the private units: 21st century standards meet timeless elegance.

Inside the Essoldo House: only the best is good enough

Oak hardwood floors, Carrara marble in the bathrooms, custom-made furniture: every last detail at the Chelsea residence speaks of sophistication. The kitchens come with exquisite Porcelanosa tiles and amenities such as a wine refrigerator and hot-water fittings.

Modern technology is present everywhere, from air conditioning and lighting control to entertainment and security. The Gira KNX system connects each function within a fully integrated network: smart living at its finest.

From old cinema to luxury Smart Home: KNX on King's Road

KNX refers to the universal standard for connected building technology. Residents of the Essoldo House can control their entire system with the Gira X1. This compact mini server makes it possible to configure and activate different functions via app. Whenever the system is accessed remotely, the Gira S1 ensures that sensitive data remain protected through an encrypted connection. This proves convenient at every turn: Should someone forget to turn off the lights or stop the heating, they can easily do so from anywhere – in the car, at the office, or even on holiday.

Modern technology in timeless design

At home, residents on Chelsea’s King's Road have smart buttons to monitor their system. The Gira pushbutton sensor 3 stores specific commands for single functions or more complex scenarios. By way of example, lights can thus be turned off simultaneously. All sensors, switches, and socket outlets installed at the Essoldo House align perfectly with the upscale ambience. The stainless-steel frames of the Gira E2 design line make for sparkling highlights on the wall.

Essoldo House
From the light-flooded staircase, residents can step onto the roof terrace. Source: Alexander James

The building project on the corner of King's Road in Chelsea once again shows how new technology and traditional aesthetics can go hand in hand. Even for London standards, the Essoldo House is a truly outstanding property.

Would you like to mix contemporary and vintage elements at your home as well? Or maybe just add a touch of sophistication? With the Gira Design Configurator, you can quickly find out how different colours and materials will look in each room: the tool uses AR technology to give you a real-life preview.