Designed by Gordon Jeeves FRIBA, it has long been heralded as an incredible feat of both architectural design and engineering. Jeeves’ pedigree invested Dolphin Square with a subtle, elegant, art deco charm, whilst consulting engineer Oscar Faber brought to the project a worldwide reputation for excellence and innovation. The landscaped gardens were an early priority, designed as they were by Richard Suddell, who was at the time President of the Institute of Landscape Architects. Attention to detail has always been a priority at Dolphin Square.
Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, architectural critic and writer, noted that Dolphin Square was “the largest self-contained block of flats in Europe” and as late as 1992, no other building in Europe had a greater number of self-contained units under one continuous roof. The revered American travel writer Temple Fielding saw the Square as a “mini city”. However, the size of the building, the number of tenants, the sheer scope of the amenities and the central location all belie the fact that Dolphin Square is indeed an oasis of calm in the city.
We call it village living in the heart of London.