A mature and responsive architectural embrace
Abell and Cleland, Westminster
DSDHA for Berkeley Homes
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 39,380 m²
These two buildings in the historic centre of London enjoy a symbiotic relationship and are a fine example of street architecture, sculpted to respond to complex constraints including stringent light requirements. It’s a mature and responsive architectural embrace that holds a part of the city. Landscaping leads inhabitants in and through entrances, flowing into courtyards of plastic form and onto roof terraces.
The depth and structural integrity of the facade is compelling, bringing lightness, shadow and movement to a part of the city that was once dark and oppressive; a bold yet sympathetic conversation with adjoining residents and historic fabric. The sum is a series of wonderful oases to enable joyful living in an increasingly dense part of the capital.