Gower Street is part of the Bedford estate’s northward extension of Bloomsbury that started with the laying out of Bedford Square from 1775 onwards. The street takes its name from the family of the 4th Duke’s widow, Lady Getrude Leveson-Gower who oversaw the development of the square and adjoining streets. These buildings in Gower Street were built from the late 1780 onwards and the Estate surveyors insisted on high quality materials such as “best Memel or Riga timber” and stock brick facings as the intended occupants were to be the upper middle classes. The houses were therefore generously proportioned: three bays wide and three storeys high over a basement and with mansard roof behind a parapet.
Johanna Molineus Architects is one of a select group of architects appointed to oversee the redevelopment of Bedford Estates’ extensive property portfolio. As part of Gower Street’s urban renewal, Bedford Estates, a long-standing Johanna Molineus Architects client, has commissioned us to refurbish three unmodernised and currently uninhabitable Grade-II listed, five-storey Georgian townhouses, built between 1780-1820, which have been leased to Camden Council for social housing.
Each building will house three to five residential units, comprising studios and one- to three-bedroom flats, and be completely redesigned and refurbished by the time Crossrail’s brand-new Elizabeth Line opens in 2021.
Johanna Molineus Architects have been commissioned to deliver a new mixed use gallery led project in North Kensington, London – preserving and enhancing special architecitectural and ihstoric interesting of this Grade II listed building for years to come.
The existing building is grandiose with a civic quality and scale. Due to a number of insensitive interventions however, the layout and integrity of the building have been drastically compromised. This scheme radically improves the layout and legibility of the
building and the proposed changes will better reveal the building and its function. The project also integrates the general refurbishment of the building, retaining and restoring more significant spaces and reworking the interiors of less significance to provide modern usable space. The internal unification of the eastern wing will provide benefits in its use for a range of public and private activities.
Johanna Molineus Architects collaborated with Hariri and Hariri architecture to deliver a contemporary office space for private equity firm Aquiline Capital Partners. The scheme featured descrtete semi translucent glass and muted tones with hints of bright yellow creating a calm and inviting workspace.
Johanna Molineus Architects collaborated with Carpenters Workshop Gallery, the world leading gallery in collectible design and functional art with galleries in London, Paris, San Francisco & New York, to design their London based space in the heart of the city.
In collaboration with Circa Gallery, now Everard Read London, Johanna Molineus Architects remodelled a highstreet unit into a bright and flexible gallery space, allowing the work from artists on display to take centre stage.
Johanna Molineus Architects worked with LEVIN Wines, a family-owned, certified organic winery that has been producing wine in France’s Loire Valley since 1986, to deliver a minamilist and practical fermintation building to facilitate the companies production of 150,000 bottles of wine per year.
Johanna Molineus Architects designed a bright and minimalist space for John Martin Gallery in Mayfair, London perfect for displaying the work by predominantly contemporary and 20th-centuary artists the gallery represents.
Elisabetta Cipriani works with the worlds leading contemporary artists to create aesthetically innovative and socially relevant jewellery projects. For their first participation in the Maastricht fine art fair in 2017 Johanna Molineus Architects collaborated with them to create a series of delicately detailed display cases to hold the pieces, which included work by Frank Stella, Kabakov, and Ai Weiwei.
Located on the peerless eighteenth century Meard Street and the hidden Richmond Mews within the Soho Conservation area, this Edwardian car garage passed into use as a flm processing works in the late 1960s. With the eclipse of that technology, the dark basement spaces, blacked out frontage and expanse of fat roof with unsightly plant rooms over, provide no positive contribution to the locale. The new building seeks a future of employment, sustainability, light, energy and imagination, sensitive to context and people, at the heart of Westminster’s creative hub.
Johanna Molineus Architects created a new principal ground foor frontage to Meard Street and a secondary frontage to Richmond Mews. The stepped massing of a new offce building within the empty rear of the site creates a new inner realm from which the residential accommodation in Royalty Mansions also benefits by reason of amenity space, improved environment and outlook. The ground foor street frontage spaces provide accommodation for the gym operator, one or two retail units and the entrance to the offce accommodation. The rear elevation of Royalty Mansions has been altered by the formation of balconies and a shared terrace.
During her time at Pentagram Johanna Molineus Architects contributed to the design of a major exhibition at the British Museum in 2001 ‘Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth’ which explored the many faces of Cleopatra, her life in Egypt and her liaisons with Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony.
Johanna Molineus Architects collaborated with John Martin Gallery to create a bright and contemporary gallery space in this ground floor unit in Mayfair, London. By paying careful attention to the lighting of the space pieces on display are illumanited by a combination of direct and indirect light ensuring that they are displayed as best as possible.