woolwich housing


2014

london

150 apartments + mixed use
new-build (feasibility)
14,000 sqm


address the street as urban theatre

The brief was to deliver a minimum of 110 new apartments in Woolwich, East London.

Site


The site forms part of the wider regeneration of the area, spreading east from the Docklands to the O2 to the Olympics, and served by Crossrail, City Airport and the Docklands Light Railway.


Within the civic centre of Woolwich, the site is currently occupied by low-rise housing.


New development on neighbouring sites dwarfs the scale of the existing housing - the scale has changed from suburban to urban town centre.


Urban Permeability

site plan, option with 3 cores

study of site pedestrian permeability, to open up opportunities by connecting and interacting with surrounding sites


Flexible Framework

this study for a typical floor plan allows for 3 cores serving a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments on each floor




the structure of the building is envisioned as a flexible framework, allowing a mix of unit types which can be adapted and interchanged over time




concept sketch of the new street elevation

The sequence of facades is designed to bring continuity and character to the town centre streetscape. By setting back the buildings we create space for public realm and private gardens along the street, creating a more active urban frontage.

On the upper levels the facade filters the apartments behind as a backdrop to the urban theatre.



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