Ellesmere House is a new 60-bed elderly people’s home and day centre arranged around courtyard gardens off the Fulham Road in Chelsea, and financed by private flats on the street frontage.
A glazed foyer linking the street with the lower-ground courtyard garden and the mature trees beyond orientates visitors as they arrive. From here an internal street which gives access to the day centre facilities looks down over the courtyard garden through curved, coloured glazing.
The lower-ground floor rooms have French windows onto the secure garden, which has been designed as a space where those with dementia can wander safely. The ground floor opens onto a contemplation garden centred on mature trees, while rooms on the upper floors have views of both gardens and the neighbouring Chelsea rooftops.