Ian Chalk Architects

 

70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EJ  

02037807355

ian@ianchalkarchitects.com

Brixton Hill
Feasibility Study, 2017

This corner site on the edge of the Rush Common and Brixton Hill Conservation Area is currently occupied by a 1980s office that was later converted from commercial to residential use. Our studies explored a total re-planning of the apartments and circulation, a roof top extension, and recladding the structure in a manner more in-keeping with the residential and retail terraces that run along the street. At street level, a new public space sits between the run of shops, cafes and restaurants, and at roof level, a private terrace is provided for residents,

Taking reference from their context, the elevations become a sympathetic reworking of architectural elements found within an area characterised by layers of development from different historic periods. Long slender sills, deep concrete bands and a mix of brick work patterns draw from the positive, uniform characteristics of the existing terraces.

 

Achieving a level of generosity not evident in the original conversion drove the redesign. Stairwells and corridors get daylight and views, and apartments feature more fluid layouts of greater area and amenity.