This project for sixty-four mixed tenure apartments was won in a design competition organised by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters. The site is located a short walk from Stratford Central in east London and has views over Olympic Park.
The design is configured to respond to its diverse physical and urban context, which consists of surrounding buildings that are both different in scale and architectural expression. Two built forms are combined to respond to their own varied conditions. The existing street pattern is reinforced with a five-storey brick apartment building, whilst a taller ten-storey tower rises from within the site and hovers over the lower structure. This urban marker is designed to address the long vistas along the high street towards the city in the west and Stratford to the east.
This high density scheme provides generous shared space. Street entrances help animate the frontages, while a shared inner courtyard gives access to the lower apartments and opportunities for residents to meet. The roof level of the five-storey L-shaped building is given over entirely to a roof top garden, which is shared amongst residents.