This contemporary new build housing project at Laycock Street, Islington, for the developer
The Murphy Group is organised around a communal courtyard and includes a doctors surgery.
scheme consisits of 55 flats and 13 large houses achieves a density
of 661 habitable rooms per hectare due to its location close
to the Highbury and Islington tube station and the facilities of
Upper Street, Islington. Parking is provided via an underground
car park with a shared open courtyard above.
elevations to all the blocks have been designed to provide
individuality, variety and visual interest using a palette
of quality materials – copper hardwood self coloured
render and aluminium
affordable housing provision is on site and will be constructed
for One Housing Group (Community Housing Group) and Bangla Housing Association. The social housing has been designed as blind tenure and has the same quality materials of copper and timber cladding throughout the project
development is planned around a central communal courtyard which provides access to the majority of the dwellings as
well as recreation space and visual interest when viewed from
above. The individual blocks vary from seven stories facing
Laycock Street, matching the scale of adjacent buildings,
to four stories to the south and west. The front block is
planned with scissors flats to give all flats southern aspect
structural frame – clad in self coloured render provides
an underlying and unifying rhythm and this is overlaid with
layers of glazing and timber or copper insulated panels. The
arrangement of solid and void expresses the interior spaces
on th e elevations. For instance double height living spaces
have tall glazed panels and bedroom spaces have larger solid
panels to protect privacy. The different materials are overlaid
in varying depths across the facades giving depth and modelling
with further movement provided by recessed and projecting
Client: The Murphy Group
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