This scheme to redevelop a derelict site in the Wentworth Conservation Area of London Borough of Tower Hamlets was won in invited competition, and proposes 21 mixed-tenure flats above ground floor commercial units, in keeping with the area’s centuries-old character of fine-grained, mixed-use buildings. On quiet, narrow Toynbee Street, the scheme appears as a 3 storey building and on busy Commercial Street as 4 storeys with a setback 5th storey. All the flats have access to communal rooftop gardens, and meet the Mayor of London’s Housing Design Guide, Lifetime Homes, Secured by Design, and Sustainable Homes Level 4, with the commercial units achieving BREEAM Excellent.
The brickwork patterning of the principle elevations alludes to Spitalfield’s silk weaving traditions. Light reflecting on the mixture of glazed and unglazed bricks changes with the position of sun and passerby, allowing the ‘damask’ pattern to disappear and reappear.
London Borough of Tower Hamlets