Hyde Park Barracks

The 310-ft tall, slender high-rise, looming over the Knightsbridge, is the central site of the barracks complex of “The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment”. Members of the Household Division are senior members of the British Army. The cavalry members usually ride on horseback for ceremonial functions. They live in this building and are available in case there is an emergency at Buckingham Palace. They were deployed throughout London during recent terrorist attacks.

The building itself, an imposing 33-story structure, has been described as “uncompromising”, rigid, and formal: it is “for soldiers. On horses. In armour.” The only horizontal strips crossing the facade are the edges of structural seismic walls, and the single decorative element of the building is bush-hammered concrete parapet.

 

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