Laycock Street

London N1

The housing development provides 55 flats and 13 large family houses and achieves a density of 661 habitable rooms per hectare. The development is organised around an open planted central communal courtyard which provides access to the majority of the dwellings, as well as creating recreation space and a focus for surrounding balconies and roof terraces. 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 facing the street is planned with scissors flats to give all flats southern aspect and no north facing flats. Parking is provided in underground car park with a shared open courtyard above. The houses have an internal courtyard with kitchen to the rear garden and flexible ground floor plan for a variety of layouts.

The structural frame is clad in self coloured render and provides an underlying and unifying rhythm which is overlaid with layers of a varied palette of materials: copper, hardwood, self coloured render and aluminium. This palette is used in different ways on each block to provide variety and respond to the use of each space. The different materials are overlaid in varying depths across the facades giving depth and modelling with further movement provided by recessed and projecting balconies. The social housing has been designed as “blind tenure” and uses this same palette of materials. The affordable housing provision is on site and is managed by One Housing Group (Community Housing Group) and Bangla Housing Association. Some of these houses with south facing gardens have 6 bedrooms to allow for large families.

Client: The Murphy Group/Folgate Estates


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