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Covent Garden, London
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Covent Garden Flower Cellars
Design: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
photograph © Tim Soar
Covent Garden Flower Cellars London – 23 Apr 2012
A team led by international architecture practice Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has completed the renovation and restoration of the historic Covent Garden Flower Cellars in London, first built in 1871. The Flower Cellars will be the first completed project within KPF’s recent masterplan for Covent Garden, commissioned by Covent Garden London, a wholly owned subsidiary of Capital & Counties Properties PLC.
Covent Garden History
This is a district in London on the eastern fringes of the West End, between St. Martin’s Lane and Drury Lane It is associated with the former fruit and vegetable market in the central square, now a popular shopping and tourist site, and the Royal Opera House. The district is divided by the main thoroughfare of Long Acre, north of which is given over to independent shops centred on Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials, while the south contains the central square with its street performers and most of the elegant buildings, theatres and entertainment facilities, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the London Transport Museum.
The area declined as a pleasure-ground as the market grew and further buildings were added: the Floral Hall, Charter Market, and in 1904 the Jubilee Market. By the end of the 1960s traffic congestion was causing problems, and in 1974 the market relocated to the New Covent Garden Market about three miles (5 km) south-west at Nine Elms. The central building re-opened as a shopping centre in 1980, and is now a tourist location containing cafes, pubs, small shops, and a craft market called the Apple Market, along with another market held in the Jubilee Hall.
This tourist / boutique retail district, with the postcode WC2, falls within the London boroughs of Westminster and Camden, and the parliamentary constituencies of Cities of London and Westminster and Holborn and St Pancras. The area has been served by the Piccadilly line at the tube station (just north of the market)since 1907; the journey from Leicester Square, at 300 yards, is the shortest on the London Underground.
Covent Garden Buildings
Royal Opera House building
photo © Adrian Welch
Orion House, Upper St. Martin’s Lane – Tower just west of of the main tourist area:
photo © Nick Weall
Space House, 1 Kemble Street, off Kingsway, east of the market area
Architect: Richard Seifert
photo © Nick Weall
Location: central London, England, UK
Contemporary London Architecture
London Building Designs – chronological list
Buildings to the east : Fleet Street Buildings
London building photographs taken with Panasonic DMC-FX01 lumix camera; Leica lense: 2816×2112 pixels – original photos available upon request: info(at)e-architect.co.uk
Just north of of this popular tourist area:
Buildings / photos for the Covent Garden Architecture page welcome