Matthew Lloyd Architects was approached by the site owner to redevelop a rundown light industrial site in the London Borough of Hackney, and was appointed by Sanctuary Housing Association as development partner. The design proposes a new 5 storey building, providing 16 affordable flats as homes for local people, with modern ground floor commercial units to meet Hackney’s growing demand for high-value manufacturing uses (eg furniture, fashion, and printing).
The scheme has a classical but contemporary feel, sensitive to its surroundings while adding an element of inspiration to an area in need of regeneration. Light is used to impart character to the simple, ‘strict’ brick building, with flush parts and recessed parts ‘carved’ out from the brick block. Materials and volume both follow the rhythms of the neighbouring blocks of flats. Each flat has its own balcony and excellent natural light on all sides. Environmentally-friendly features include green roofs to the flats, and a semi-permeable pavement in the commercial courtyard to allow rainwater to soak naturally into the ground. Virginia Creeper along the eastern brick wall provides changing colour throughout the year.
Completed November 2014