Prime Resi: Glebe Place – Chelsea’s Tate Modern Style Residence
- By Adam Foster
- 11 September 2015
Glebe Place is one of Chelsea’s most intriguing turnings for a number of reasons; first and foremost for being where Uncle Monty resided in great splendour in cult film Withnail & I (at Number 35). It’s also been home to at least a dozen famous artists since Victorian times.
Augustus John, Sir William Rothenstein, Winifred Nicholson and Baron de Meyer all worked out of Glebe Place artists studios, and other luminaries including Winifred Munnings, George Price Boyce, Giovanni Fontana and the Philip de Laszlo Trust are also commemorated amongst the cluster of Blue Plaques.
The creative vibe is still alive and well in 2015 judging by this £14m creation that’s just hit the market; billed as a ‘Tate Modern style” residence, it features an amazing private art collection that’s also up for grabs.
Behind the façade of the grand Victorian affair at Number 6, Stephen Fletcher Architects has managed to come up a genuine private art gallery/family home mash up. The 4,000 square foot project features double-height space and professional art gallery lighting, along with hi-spec family accommodation running to five or six bedrooms.
Apparently the brief was to deliver a family home that would also serve as a “private Tate Modern”, so the architects started off by digging a new three-metre basement below the existing lower ground floor to fashion something that’s now the equivalent of six storeys in height. The installation of an open plan central staircase allowed the creation of some massive rooms to the front and rear, and the interior has been finished with full height doors, clean lines, large windows, polished concrete and gallery-standard ceiling lighting. Even the floors have been inspired by the Saatchi Gallery. The main drawing room now has a 20 foot high ceiling and 18 foot tall windows, and is pretty ideal for showing off both large and small works of contemporary art and sculpture. There’s an 18 foot high piece in place right now to prove it…
The whole project was inspired by creative works by Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze, who was commissioned to design and install 13 new pieces for the major living spaces of the house, including the principal double height reception room, the dining room, the master bedroom and outside spaces. The artwork is available for purchase by separate negotiation and cost(s), either as a whole collection or individual pieces.
Alan Russell, Managing Director of Russell Simpson: “Glebe Place is one of the most sought after addresses in Chelsea and is known for the quality and size of its family homes. This exceptional family house is for sale on a sought after freehold basis. Since Victorian times Glebe Place has been synonymous with artists and fine art. Between 1850 to 1914 a series of artists studios (now luxury homes) were built on the thoroughfare and the street has been home to almost a dozen famous artists since the Victorian era.”