The site is located within the Belsize Park area of London and covers c.0.25ha. The design for a new 72 unit (of which 12 affordable / HA) apartment block replaces a former car park building and launderette, most recently used as a community centre. Although flanked by two 15 storey tower blocks, diagonally across from the site on the west side of Lawn Road lies the Isokon flats, designed by the architect Wells Coates in 1934.
The design began with the idea of creating a building form that took a cue from the Isokon building’s ocean liner analogy, so that it creates a coherent, singular building form that exploits the curve of the street. The base of the building is therefore formed in a chalky coloured brickwork, which has curved corners and hinges around a central ‘funnel’ (a staircase) and culminates at the northernmost end as a ‘prow,’ expressed as cantilevered, curved balconies akin to that of an ocean liner.
Conscious of the immense pressure on green space as a physical, visual and ecological resource in London the built form embraces a communal garden to the rear and addresses a fine ash tree to the north.
The project was completed in Autumn 2018.
|Client||Fairview Estates (Housing) Ltd.|
|GIA m2||6,060 m2|
|Planning consultant||Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners|
|Landscape architect||Mark Cooper Associates|