The last remaining building of it's kind, built behind a Grade I listed John Nash facade on Regent's Park

The Diorama

Location: Regent's Park, London
Local Authority: London Borough of Camden
Client: Private
Size: 42,403 sqft
Project Manager: Quartz
Structural Engineer: Form Structural Design
Quantity Surveyor: Abakus
Daylight & Sunlight Consultant: Malcolm Hollis
Planning Consultant: Montagu Evans
M&E Engineer : Cundall
Sustainability Consultant: Cundall
Rendering: Marek Wojciechowski Architects
Animation: Rawan Hussin

MWA are in planning discussions with the London Borough of Camden to extend and convert the Grade I listed Diorama building located on Regents Park. The Diorama is the last remaining building of its kind, and was originally built behind a John Nash Terrace to house an early French theatre concept which became a precursor to motion picture. The Princes Trust were the last occupant of the building but the building is currently vacant pending its sale. The design proposals aim to respect and enhance the properties’ historic importance through the reinstatement of the former rotunda space which housed the theatre’s audience on a rotating platform. The proposals look to convert two buildings which flank either side of the historic diorama entrance, back into single family homes with the Diorama space becoming high quality office space.

Both the office and residential buildings will benefit from views across Regents Park and access to the private park containing tennis courts. A new 4th floor is proposed to increase the office provision which will take the total floor space from 30,000sqft up to circa 42,400sqft.