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Kensington Gardens Apartment, exterior view
Kensington Gardens Apartment, living room
Park House, entrance
Park House, kitchen
Park House, Master bathroom
Argyll House, street view
Argyll House, reception room
Argyll House, master bathroom

Patalab Architects: Your partner to realise design-led projects in Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington and Chelsea Architects - Patalab Architects is an award-winning architectural practice, delivering high-end building projects of varying scales in Kensington and Chelsea. Established in 2008, Patalab provides a personal and tailored approach to deliver high quality construction projects in Kensington and Chelsea for private, commercial and institutional clients. We work closely with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and have been involved in many projects across the borough. We work in a number of prominent areas across the borough, including Notting Hill, Holland Park, Brompton, Chelsea, North and South Kensington, and Ladbroke Grove. Our projects range from the refurbishment of listed buildings, designing contemporary extensions, basement extensions and a variety of remodelling projects.

Kensington and Chelsea Architects: Patalab London project map
London: Locations of Patalab projects

Combining Innovative Design with Economical & Contextual Understanding

Conservation Areas designated by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea cover much of the borough, whilst many properties are listed to protect special architectural and historic interest. A considered approach is therefore required to maximise the site’s potential and a return on investment. Our methodology combines innovative design with an understanding of economical and contextual parameters. It responds to meeting our clients’ expectations and has been acknowledged with a number of industry awards.

Kensington and Chelsea Architects: Your Project

If you’re considering appointing Patalab as your Kensington and Chelsea Architects, we would be delighted to assist you in delivering your project’s objectives; whether it’s a refurbishment, extension or new-build. We’ve created a guide to help you planning your project, explaining each stage of the process. Most construction projects in Kensington and Chelsea require Planning Permission and/ or Listed Building Consent from Council. With our successful planning record, we are well placed to deliver ambitious and challenging schemes.

Kensington and Chelsea Architects: Our Services

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    Full architectural design service

    From feasibility studies, planning, technical design to site supervision, covering all project work stages

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    Interior design services

    Including space planning, furniture design, and loose furniture

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    Pre-purchase, pre-design assessment, planning review, building regulations, and construction contracts

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    Support in negotiation

    With funders, freeholders, authorities, and contractors

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    Project management

    Design team coordination, contract administration, cost control, value engineering, and acting as employers agent

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    CDM Principal Designer

    Health and safety measures from concept to completion

Working with Patalab Architects

Patalab Architects is a boutique architectural practice focused on high quality design-led projects in and around Kensington and Chelsea. Based on many years of experience delivering projects that meet the high aspirations of our clients, we have built a broad network of project partners alongside an in-depth knowledge of the construction process, building regulations, procurement, market conditions and planning policies. The extent of our experience enables us to take a holistic design approach; ensuring statutory requirements and the reality of the construction industry are integrated with design conception.

In close dialogue between our clients and other project stakeholders, we conduct thorough research and design studies to fully understand the potential of each construction project. Responding to specific project objectives, we work together with specialist consultants, expert advisers and local craftsmen as well as with leading manufacturers and suppliers in order to meet highest quality standards.

The Patalab team is made up of talented, experienced, and dedicated architects and designers. Our aim is to offer our clients a very personal approach and services tailored to their needs, developing and realising innovative design solutions with great attention to detail.

Patalab is Chartered Practice of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Kensington and Chelsea Architects: Patalab project chart
Patalab project range in Kensington and Chelsea
Kensington and Chelsea Architects: Patalab Kensington and Chelsea project map
Kensington and Chelsea: Locations of Patalab projects

Planning Your Project

A Brief Guide for Residential Clients

We have prepared a guide for private clients to assist uncovering your objectives, highlighting key considerations and outlining the delivery process. It is based on our experience working with private clients over the last 13 years, delivering a wide range of residential projects in Kensington and Chelsea and further afield.

Client Testimonials

Before starting our project we met with several architects discussing our objectives. We were most impressed by Patalab‘s response. Not only had they a great track record but also a very exciting design approach. The result of the year-long project is a fantastic apartment, which is now our lovely new home. We have been most touched by Sophie‘s and Uwe's care and enthusiasm throughout the process.

Kensington and Chelsea Architects: Your Contacts

Uwe Schmidt-Hess
Uwe Schmidt Hess

Founder and Director

Uwe is the founder and director of Patalab. Since setting up the practice in 2008, he has coordinated the design of a diverse range of projects encompassing the residential, public, office, arts and culture sectors.

Jordan Thompson
Jordan Thompson

Associate, Architect

Jordan joined Patalab in 2012 and became Associate in 2017. He has worked as lead architect on over a third of the practice’s built portfolio, utilising his design and technical skills to conceive and deliver complex projects.

Simon Wyn James - Associate, Architect
Simon Wyn James

Associate, Architect

Simon joined Patalab in 2013 and became Associate in 2017. He specialises in leading high-end residential and commercial projects, implementing a design approach that combines physical and digital craft.

Whatever your project in Kensington and Chelsea, Patalab will be able to support you.

We are passionate and experienced architects and designers. Our award-winning designs give evidence of our expertise. Our ambition is to deliver high quality, sustainable and economically viable projects to the full satisfaction of our clients.

Site development

We carry out strategic reviews for the development of premises to unlock the site’s potential and assess planning requirements.


We are passionate about working with existing buildings. Based on a thorough investigation we develop sensitive and innovative approaches how to sustainably adapt and transform existing structures into contemporary spaces.

Interior Design

Whether residential or office building, optimal organization of the interior spaces is vital. For us, the boundaries between architecture and interior design are fluid. Accordingly, we offer not only architectural but also interior design services. These can include, for example, design of all internal surfaces, design of built-in furniture, proposals for loose furniture and the development of lighting concepts.

New Build

We enjoy delivering innovative and site-specific new build projects, producing sensitive yet powerful designs that compliment their context. Striking exteriors and beautifully proportioned interiors are accentuated by rich materiality, attention to detail and exceptional craftsmanship - attributes our studio is known for.


Each listed building is to be assessed on its own merit. Repair and restoration on one hand, and modern technology and construction methods on the other can both be appropriate responses depending on the context. In our approach we appreciate and accentuate achievements of previous generations and seek to complement these situations with our own contemporary interventions.

Kensington and Chelsea Architects: Selected Projects

Kensington Gardens Apartment, corridor

Kensington Gardens Apartment

Park House, rear facade

Park House

Argyll House, street view

Argyll House

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Contact Information:

Patalab Architects
15 Garrett Street
London EC1Y 0TY
United Kingdom

+44(0)20 7253 2036

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