Brentford Lock West Block E

Simplicity of form, robust detailing and generosity of spirit

Brentford Lock West
Brentford Lock West Credit: Rory Gardiner

Mæ for Waterside Places
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 3,993 m²

This waterside scheme adjacent to historic warehouses shows an intelligent response to site and typology and unfussy attention to material. Two pavilion buildings are given direction by the sawtooth roofline and a deep east-facing loggia.

  • Brentford Lock West
    Brentford Lock West Credit: Rory Gardiner
  • Brentford Lock West
    Brentford Lock West Credit: Rory Gardiner
  • Brentford Lock West
    Brentford Lock West Credit: Rory Gardiner
  • Brentford Lock West
    Brentford Lock West Credit: Rory Gardiner
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This expresses an idea of canal-side living as well as a monumentality which suits the landscape. The loggia, formed of alternating brick columns in an AB rhythm, provides verticality against adjacent buildings and affords a solid and usable external amenity space for the housing units behind. At ground, the gap between pavilions provides a double-height entrance space large enough for community use. Through this outdoor area, residents can see the canal and enjoy a communal terrace, a waterside amenity space. This building’s simplicity of form, robust detailing and generosity of spirit results in a bold yet sympathetic addition to the canal bank.

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