The quality and generosity of the project is immediately apparent
David Morley Architects for Argent
Contract value: Undisclosed
Due to demands on land in the centre of London, new building typologies are emerging. The Plimsoll Building is one such, hosting mixed tenure housing (private for sale and key worker) plus two schools, a nursery and community facilities.
Situated on a second floor podium, the housing is organised around a central court with rooflights that bring light to the schools below. On entering the apartment side, the quality and generosity of the project is immediately apparent with a sculptural spiral staircase. There are moments to savour in this public level, particularly the large dining space and kitchen overlooking the central courtyard – where residents have taken to hosting large dinner parties for friends and family.
Landscaping of the courtyard has been handled to preserve the privacy of the school, showing that housing and education buildings can make good neighbours. The schools are airy and organised with plenty of opportunities to share facilities.