Strongly connected to its surroundings
Niall McLaughlin Architects and Weedon Partnership for Argent
Contract value: Confidential,
An exquisite, sculpted facade wraps around an intriguing combination of functions in this impressive mixed-use building. The unusual, complex brief includes a multi-use games area, café, restaurant, and affordable and market housing. Despite the challenges of building above railway tunnels, adjacent to a railway line and canal; the architect has produced a refined, elegant and cohesive design.
The innovative facade is made of lightweight, glass-reinforced concrete panels that provide articulation between deep vertical piers and horizontal elements such as balconies. The building is scribed with pattern that is adjusted in a hierarchy across the building. Strongly connected to its surroundings through framing of views from apartments, a shared garden surrounded by contemporary townhouses and direct link to the canal, the building is a haven for its dwellers.