The client’s brief was to redevelop an existing and underused car park adjacent to Collingwood House, a mixed used, four storey building close to Holloway Road in Islington. The scheme proposes eight 3-storey mews houses in two separate blocks. This infill scheme will provide much needed family homes, as well as a beautifully landscaped semi-public realm, with secure cycle spaces and improved amenity space, promoting a car-free development.
Set in a constrained site, the layout and scale of the proposal has been shaped by both the surrounding context and its context within a Conservation Area. The design and detail of the buildings are sensitive to the surroundings with carefully placing openings, entrances and balconies, while referencing the local vernacular for scale, form and materiality. Each house is provided with private amenity space spread across gardens, terraces and basement patios. The living areas open up to each garden, and the internal spaces have good natural light. The tight site is maximised and improved, offering a sense of neighbourhood, natural surveillance and domesticity through the architecture and landscape.