Damien Hirst Basement Conversion Wins Approval
Damien Hirst has been given the green light on a huge London basement conversion project for his multi-million-pound home. Media reports suggest the renovation will be used to store his extensive personal art collection.
His bid for the conversion had looked doomed to fail after officials described the initiative as unacceptable due to the number of nearby trees that would need to be felled. Nevertheless, the Turner Prize winner was able to convince members of a planning committee of his plans at a meeting this month.
Hirst’s application for his Regent’s Park mansion includes a number of changes to the property, including the demolition and replacement of a gardener’s cottage. The plans also set out guidelines for a building that will allow access to the basement via a special lift designed for heavy artwork.
The 50-year-old first became famous for his controversial art projects, which have included a tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde titled ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’.
He also created a diamond-encrusted skull worth £50 million, which is currently on display in Scandinavia for the first time. However, it is thought Hirst’s basement will showcase works from other artists such as Tracy Emin, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.
According to the Daily Mail, the basement will have double-height ceilings, making it one of the biggest basement conversions in London. The extension will reportedly be located underneath the garden, adding significant value to the property.
Hirst purchased the Grade I listed building for £39.5 million last year, although it still requires considerable refurbishment work.
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