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London architecture news 2018 for December

12 Dec 2018
The Tulip City of London Tower Building News
The Tulip City of London Tower building design by Foster + Partners
image Courtesy Foster + Partners, Architects
The Tulip City of London Tower Building News
A planning application was submitted to the City of London Corporation on 13 November 2018 for The Tulip, a new public cultural attraction which would be sited next to 30 St Mary Axe, also known as The Gherkin.

11 Dec 2018
New Homes in Abbey Wood, West London
Architects: Assael Architecture
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has intervened to enable the new 272-home development at Eynsham Drive, Abbey Wood, designed by Assael Architecture. This overrules the decision of the local council to block the development close to Abbey Wood Crossrail station.

London architecture news 2018 for November

30 Nov 2018
London Festival of Architecture 2019 News

15 Nov 2018
Universal Works Store , Coal Drops Yard, London N1
Architects: Studio MUTT
Universal Works x Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross London
photography : MUTT © FRENCH + TYE

Universal Works x Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross
A bold and honest store design located in a new landmark development and conversion of two 19th century railway buildings by Argent.

8 Nov 2018
Agar Grove Homes, Camden, North London
Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Agar Grove Homes in Camden
photograph © Jack Hobhouse

Agar Grove Homes
Agar Grove is part of the Council’s Community Investment Programme and aims to promote a ‘fabric-first’ approach to increase energy performance.

London architecture news 2018 for October

30 Oct 2018
Stratosphere Homes, Stratford, East London
Architects: Allies and Morrison and Stockwool
Stratosphere Homes in London
photo : Morley von Sternberg

Stratosphere Homes
This development designed for Telford Homes has transformed a brownfield site adjacent to Stratford station into two buildings boasting striking views.

26 Oct 2018
Coal Drops Yard
Architects: Heatherwick Studio
Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross
photo © Hufton+Crow

Coal Drops Yard
Amazing new Coal Drops Yard design is unveiled, a major new shopping district and public space in King’s Cross.

15 + 11 + 10 Oct 2018
Bloomberg HQ London – 2018 Stirling Prize Winner
Bloomberg European Headquarters London office building
photo © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Bloomberg European Headquarters in London Building
Controversy as the “world’s most sustainable office” is criticised by Stirling Prize jury sustainability adviser Simon Sturgis and Anna Liu, co-founder of Tonkin Liu, who won the 2018 Stephen Lawrence Prize.

Science Gallery London Building

10 Oct 2018
London Screen Academy, Islington, North London
Design: Architecture Initiative
London Screen Academy Building
image from architecture office

London Screen Academy Building
A new sixth form free school to train pupils in the full range of skills needed for the screen industries which include film and television, funded by Department for Education Capital (DFE Capital).

London architecture news 2018 for September

Fetter Lane Bureau

Volcano House in Shoreditch

25 Sep 2018
Piraña Bar Restaurant, 76 Bedford Hill, Balham, South London
Architects: Sella Concept
New Restaurant in Balham
Project for brothers Alastair and Nicholas Heathcote: everything they’ve touched in the last five years their Indian inspired cocktail den The Imperial Durbar and Himalayan haunt The Hill Station in Tooting, as well as their East London venture, the late night Dalston tapas joint La Cabina has become a hit.

5 Sep 2018
Shoreditch Hotel, East London
Design: AQSO arquitectos office
Shoreditch Hotel London Architecture News 2018
image Courtesy architecture office

Shoreditch Hotel Building
Proposed mixed-used building including hotel, cinema and retail.

4 Sep 2018
Arbour artwork by Shaun Leane, Kensington
21 Young Street Kensington London Arbour artwork by Shaun Leane
photograph : Tim Brightmore
21 Young Street Sculpture in Kensington

3 Sep 2018
Thamesmead Regeneration, Bexley, South East London
Architects: LDA Design
Thamesmead Regeneration: Landscape & Green Infrastructure Strategy
image Courtesy LDA

Thamesmead Landscape Regeneration
Peabody, one of London’s oldest and largest housing providers, has appointed a consortium headed by LDA Design to set out a landscape-led vision for the regeneration of Thamesmead.

London architecture news 2018 for August

28 Aug 2018
Tottenham Hale Redevelopment
Design: AHMM, Alison Brooks Architects, Pollard Thomas Edwards & Grant Associates
Ferry Square Tottenham Hale Redevelopment London
rendering courtesy of Argent

Tottenham Hale Redevelopment
Argent Related submits plans for the mixed-use redevelopment of Tottenham Hale in North East London.

17 Aug 2018
Christopher Boones Almshouses, Lewisham, South London
Christopher Boones Almshouses in Lewisham
image courtesy of architecture office
Almshouses in Lewisham Homes
One Housing Group Limited (City Style) has completed a £26 million scheme in Lewisham, South London. The development provides 92 new homes.

15 Aug 2018
London Wall Place, City of London
Design: Make Architects
London Wall Place Development
image Courtesy architecture office

London Wall Place
This is a new commercial scheme offering the largest set of public gardens developed in the City of London since the post-war brutalist Barbican estate. The development is for Brookfield Properties and Oxford Properties.

6 Aug 2018
MultiPly London Design Festival Flagship Pavilion
MultiPly London architecture news 2018
image courtesy of architects
MultiPly London Design Festival Flagship Pavilion 2018

4 Aug 2018
New Homes in Southall, Borough of Ealing, west London
Architects: Assael Architecture
New Homes in Southall, Ealing, London
image courtesy of architecture office

New Housing in Southall
Southall set for major regeneration as Assael Architecture and Montreaux submits masterplan for over 2,000 homes in Ealing.

3 Aug 2018
Camden Council West End Project
Architects: LDA Design
Whitfield Gardens Camden Council West End Project
image Courtesy LDA

Camden Council West End London Project
Camden Council and LDA Design have revealed exciting new designs for three new and improved green spaces in London’s West End: Princes Circus, Alfred Place and Whitfield Gardens, off Tottenham Court Road.

London architecture news 2018 for July

26 Jul 2018
Shortlist for RIBA Client of the Year 2018

R7 King’s Cross
R7 King’s Cross London workplace building
photo © Jack Hobhouse
R7 London King’s Cross

Kings Crescent Estate Phases 1 and 2
Kings Crescent Estate Phases 1 and 2, London Architecture News 2018
photo © Peter Landers
Kings Crescent Estate Phases 1 and 2

26 Jul 2018
Gasholders London King’s Cross
Gasholders London King’s Cross
photo © Peter Landers
Gasholders London King’s Cross

22 Jul 2018
Charles Holland Architects win London Bridge public realm competition
London Bridge Public Realm Competition winning design
image from architect
London Bridge Public Realm Competition News
The competition was open to architects, designers and artists, who were invited to produce design concepts for the transformation of the Tooley Street Triangle – a busy but dull traffic island opposite the main entrance to London Bridge station.

12 Jul 2018
Portsoken Pavilion, Aldgate Square, City of London
Architects: Make
New Monocoque Pavilion for City of London
image Courtesy architecture office

Portsoken Pavilion Building
Portsoken Pavilion, a sculptural monocoque structure by Make Architects, has been unveiled as part of the City of London Corporation’s transformation of a former gyratory into a high-quality public space.

10 Jul 2018
100 Leadenhall Street, City of London
100 Leadenhall Street in London
image Courtesy architecture office
100 Leadenhall Street Building
The SOM designed 100 Leadenhall Street has been awarded planning consent by committee today, the morning of Tuesday 10th July. This leads on from the planning submission in January 2018, following SOM’s appointment in 2016 after a design competition between five renowned architectural teams.

4 Jul 2018
Open Air Theatre Studios, Regents Park, Westminster, Central London
Design: Reed Watts Architects
Open Air Theatre Studios in Regents Park
photo : David Jensen and Simon Kennedy

Open Air Theatre Studios in Regents Park
Reed Watts Architects have completed new building housing new rehearsal studios and catering kitchen for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in Westminster.

3 Jul 2018
Jin Bo Law Skybar at Dorsett City Hotel
Architects: Dexter Moren Associates
Jin Bo Law Skybar at Dorsett City Hotel in London
photo © Michael Molley

Jin Bo Law Skybar at Dorsett City Hotel
Located on the 14th floor of Aldgate’s new Dorsett City hotel, the Jin Bo Law Skybar combines creative and contemporary architectural design with iconic views overlooking the City skyline.

1 Jul 2018
Museum of Language London Competition news

London architecture news 2018 for June

Selection up to and including June:

30 Jun 2018
Buildings Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards

Belarusian Memorial Chapel & London Bridge Station are two of 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries:

World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 Shortlist

29 Jun 2018
Serpentine Kiosk, Kensington Gardens
Design: Mizzi Studio
Serpentine Kiosk, London Royal Parks Café
image courtesy of architects

Serpentine Kiosk Building

20 Jun 2018
145 Kensington Church Street Building
Design: SPPARC
145 Kensington Church Street London Architecture News 2018
photo © Ed Reeve

145 Kensington Church Street Property

19 Jun 2018
Victorian Townhouse in Highgate

17 Jun 2018
Paul Street Building, Shoreditch, East London
Architects: Stiff + Trevillion
Paul Street Building in Shoreditch
photo © Andy Stagg

Paul Street Building
Mixed-use development scheme that incorporates Grade II Listed walls delivers a new 4,0282m building of office, retail and residential over five stories in the heart of a Shoreditch conservation area.

5 Jun 2018
Alto Residential Development, Wembley Park, Northwest London
Architects: Flanagan Lawrence
Alto Development Wembley Park London Architecture News 2018
photo © Hufton+Crow

Alto Development
Quintain is transforming what was a derelict brownfield site into a dynamic mixed-use neighbourhood located just 12 minutes from Central London.

London architecture news 2018 for May

25 May 2018
Regent Street RIBA Windows Competition Winners

22 May 2018
Charter Square, Staines-upon-Thames, Southwest London
Architects: Assael Architecture
Charter Square, Staines-upon-Thames
images courtesy of architecture office

London Square, Staines-upon-Thames
Developer London Square secures planning permission for the second phase of its £120m town centre scheme – extending the scope for the transformation already under way at the heart of Staines-upon-Thames.

22 May 2018
Illuminated River London Bridge Designs

22 May 2018
V&A Collection and Research Centre, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Design: Diller Scofidio & Renfro / Austin-Smith Lord
V&A Collection and Research Centre London
The V&A appoints a design team from New York-based architects DS&R together with the UK’s Austin-Smith Lord to lead the design of a new Collection and Research Centre, part of the museum’s Here East project. The centre will extend access to thousands of objects from the V&A’s collections of art, design and performance not currently on display.

21 May 2018
Hounslow West Housing, Cavendish Parade, Bath Road
Architects: Colwyn Foulkes & Partners
Hounslow West Housing London Architecture News 2018
image Courtesy architecture office

Hounslow West Housing

17 May 2018
The Stephen Lawrence Centre, Deptford, South East London
Design: Gensler Architects
The Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford London
photography : Gareth Gardener

The Stephen Lawrence Centre Building
BW: Workplace Experts is thrilled to have delivered the fit-out for Your Space; an evolution of the design of the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, London.

5-8 Warwick Street Building in Soho

15 May 2018
Canada Water Masterplan, Southwark, London SE16
Design: Allies and Morrison, Architects
Canada Water Masterplan park by Allies and Morrison
images Courtesy Allies and Morrison Architects

Canada Water Masterplan
The Masterplan by Allies and Morrison for the £4 billion regeneration of Canada Water has been submitted for planning permission.

14 May 2018
Bernie Spain Gardens Transformation, South Bank
Design: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
Bernie Spain Gardens Renewal, South Bank
image courtesy of West 8

Bernie Spain Gardens Renewal
The ‘pollinator garden’ proposal wins the design competition to upgrade the northern section of Bernie Spain Gardens on London’s South Bank.

10 May 2018
London Festival of Architecture and Team London Bridge announce London Bridge public realm competition

The London Festival of Architecture and Team London Bridge have announced a design competition to improve a pedestrian triangle outside London Bridge station. As London Bridge becomes one of the focus areas for this year’s London Festival of Architecture, the competition will create a lasting legacy for the area: improving the appearance of the streetscape and assisting wayfinding in front of the station, which has recently undergone a £1bn redevelopment.

London Bridge Public Realm Competition

4 May 2018
London Festival of Architecture 2018 programme

The London Festival of Architecture 2018 programme launches with an eclectic and diverse series of 400 events exploring this year’s ‘identity’ theme across London from 1-30 June.

London Festival of Architecture 2018 programme

1 May 2018
St. Mark’s, 13a North Audley Street, Mayfair
Architects: Donald Insall Associates
St Marks in Mayfair London Architecture News 2018
image from architects

One Mayfair Church
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (‘Grosvenor’) announces that it has completed the £5 million restoration of the Grade 1 listed St. Mark’s in Mayfair, London. Built in 1822, St Mark’s was listed as a Grade 1 property in 1958 and placed on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register in 1989. It was also known as the ‘American Church’ given its proximity to the former US Embassy and President Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt are known to have attended services there.

London architecture news 2018 for April

Selection up to and including April:

29 Apr 2018
The Nest, Wapping
Architects: Gensler
The Nest in Wapping London
image from architects

The Nest in East London
Creative co-working space for Cherryduck studios unviled: a striking, architect-designed, creative co-working hub has opened in Wapping, near London’s St Katharine Docks.

27 + 24 Apr 2018
London Festival of Architecture Dulwich Pavilion Shortlist
The London Festival of Architecture and Dulwich Picture Gallery have announced six shortlisted practices and teams to develop proposals for the second ‘Dulwich Pavilion’:
Dulwich Pavilion 2019

25 Apr 2018
RIBA Regent Street Windows Competition
The Regent Street RIBA Windows competition returns: some of Regent Street’s leading retailers partner with emerging and established RIBA Chartered Architects to create a series of unique shop windows on Regent Street and Regent Street St James’s.
Regent Street RIBA Windows Competition News

23 Apr 2018
Orme Square Residence, Bayswater, North West London
Architects: Pilbrow & Partners
Orme Square Residence in Bayswater London
photo © Peter Cook Photography

Bayswater Property
The original villa had been very poorly served by later extensions and remodelling. These extensions loomed over the original villa, the original plan form of which was lost in an amorphous wrap of later construction.

20 Apr 2018
Jin Bo Law Skybar, Aldgate, East London
Design: Dexter Moren Associates
Jin Bo Law Skybar, Dorsett City London bar seating
image : Dorsett Hospitality International

Jin Bo Law Skybar in Aldgate
With stunning views of some of London’s most iconic buildings, the Jin Bo Law skybar opened in Aldgate, an 14th floor roof extension at Dorsett Hospitality International’s £36 m new build four star hotel.

18 Apr 2018
Grenfell Tower Dame Judith Hackitt Review

17 Apr 2018
Reading Room Extension, Belsize Park, north west London
Architect: Studio Carver
Reading Room Extension in North London
photography © Richard Chivers

Reading Room Extension in North London
The 6 sqm extension is designed around a large picture window projecting out into the patio and garden. The new study encloses against an existing garden wall with bespoke joinery and desks. The soft, minimal façade complements the brickwork of the 1950s property whilst oak lining internally establishes a peaceful continuity of materials inside.

17 Apr 2018
Oxford Street Christmas Lights 2018

17 Apr 2018
Robin Hood Gardens Housing

9 Apr 2018
New Covent Garden Market Building
Design: Neil Tomlinson Architects
New Covent Garden Market Building
photo courtesy Neil Tomlinson Architects

New Covent Garden Market Building
Commission for a new stage of work at New Covent Garden Market in London’s Nine Elms, a scheme the practice has been involved with continually since its original masterplan for the market’s future development in 2011, which considered the 23ha site’s many component parts and overall relationship to the surrounding area.

9 + 6 Apr 2018
Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Reopening News
Queen Elizabeth Hall Building interior
photo : Morley Von Sternberg
Queen Elizabeth Hall Building News
On 9th of April the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room will open its doors to the public for the first time since closing for refurbishment at the end of 2015.

3 Apr 2018
Jeddo Road Housing, South Acton
Design: Inglis Badrashi Loddo Architects
Jeddo Road Housing in Acton
photo © David Grandorge

Jeddo Road Housing
IBLA convert and extend a former Victorian laundry site in West London in to a set of mixed-use contemporary buildings, compromising of two mews homes, seven flats and a new office.

London architecture news 2018 for March

29 Mar 2018
New Southwark Hotel Building, Waterloo, South London
Design: Dexter Moren Associates
New Marlborough Yard, Southwark Hotel
image courtesy of Dexter Moren Associates, architects

New Marlborough Yard, Southwark Hotel Building
Planning permission gained for a 274 key hotel on a disused brownfield site in the heart of Waterloo. The 9141 m2 new build development will include a ground floor restaurant, fronting onto an inviting public courtyard and pocket park.

25 Mar 2018
Rathbone Square, Oxford Street
Architects: Make
Rathbone Square
This new square is a flagship project for Great Portland Estates plc that has taken the former Royal Mail sorting office site and transformed it into a high-quality mixed use development with a new publicly accessible garden just off Oxford Street.

21 Mar 2018
Old Street Roundabout Competition
Nicholas Hare Architects are delighted that their proposal for the “Old Street Iconic Gateway” has been selected as one of only four winners from a longlist of 39 teams.
Old Street Roundabout Competition News

20 Mar 2018
London Photography Competition
The winning entries of the ‘Love in London’ photography competition have been announced. The charity competition, which launched on valentine’s day, sought to highlight the best of what London has to offer in the aftermath of a turbulent 2017 – inspiring the capital with images of love. Now the winning photos will be displayed on digital adverts, including billboards, tube and bus stop signs across the capital this week.

Love in London photography competition
image courtesy of organisers

London has had its fair share of dramatic events to deal with in 2017, including sexual scandals and terrorist attacks. However, Londoners faced these challenges with unity, resilience and solidarity. Which is why the ‘Love in London’ competition set Londoners a positive challenge, namely to depict images of what love means to them with the aim to share a wave of positivity across the capital and inspire its people.

The competition ran for three weeks. Londoners were invited to submit photographs in 6 different categories, which included Love in the Community and Love What You Do.

14 Mar 2018
Link House
Architects: Gibson Thornley
Link House in Farringdon
image courtesy of architecture firm

Farringdon Workspace Building
Planning permission gained for the remodeling and extension of an existing office building in the Charterhouse Square Conservation Area. Link House will provide 14,500 sq ft of contemporary workspace, bringing the project up to the standards expected for central London office provision.

2 Mar 2018
Revelstoke Road Homes in Wandsworth

1 Mar 2018
No1 New Oxford Street
Architects: Orms
No1 New Oxford Street in London
photography © Timothy Soar

No1 New Oxford Street
Located at the juncture of New Oxford Street and High Holborn, Orms has completed the refurbishment and extension of Commonwealth House into 95,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and 12,250 sq ft of retail space on behalf of TH Real Estate. The building has been rebranded No1 New Oxford Street and will be the new European HQ of Swedish fashion brand COS.

London architecture news 2018 for February

28 Feb
Tolworth Mental Health Hospital, South London
Design: C.F. Møller Architects
Tolworth Mental Health Hospital in London
image courtesy of architecture office

Tolworth Mental Health Hospital Building
While there is great variation in types of illness and service user pathways in mental health facilities, a growing body of evidence demonstrates the health benefits of design in improving patient recovery and outcomes. C.F. Møller Architects have looked to employ evidence-based design and innovation in promoting optimal therapeutic environments for patients, carers and the NHS staff who care for them.

27 Feb 2018
Camberwell College of Arts Building

16 Feb 2018
Architectural Association AA Director Shortlist

The AA School of Architecture Search Committee announce that the following candidates for AA Director:

– Pippo Ciorra
– Eva Franch i Gilabert
– Robert Mull

The Architectural Association News

Old Street Roundabout Competition
A total of 39 Old Street Roundabout longlisted design concepts shortlisted for the £1 million transformation.

design proposal by shedkm Uniform and BCA Landscape
Old Street Roundabout Competition by shedkm Uniform and BCA Landscape

proposal by Nicholas Hare Architects:
Old Street Roundabout Competition proposal by Nicholas Hare Architects

In December 2017, Islington Council, together with the Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and Hackney Council, issued an ‘Open Call for Design Ideas’ to create an iconic gateway at Old Street. The purpose of this open call was to seek creative and innovative design ideas from a range of disciplines and partnerships, including design, architecture, art, planning and technology in the redesign of this space.

design by Hawkins\Brown:
Old Street Roundabout Competition design by Hawkins/Brown

Public exhibition at 2- 4 Old Street Yard, First Floor, Building 3, London EC1Y 8AF, 12pm – 6pm from 12 February – Friday 2 March (excluding weekends).

design proposal by EPR Architects:
Old Street Roundabout Contest design proposal by EPR Architects, London

Complete the survey, it will close at 11:59pm on Friday 2 March 2018.

14 Feb 2018
Royal Academy of Arts Coin

13 Feb 2018
11 Hanover Square Building

9 Feb 2018
The Waterman Greenwich Peninsula
Architects: Pilbrow & Partners
The Waterman
photo © Justin Piperger

The Waterman on Greenwich Peninsula
Pilbrow & Partners has completed the first building as part of the Greenwich Peninsula masterplan for Knight Dragon. The Waterman will deliver 269 new homes and a public square at the heart of the new urban district.

6 Feb 2018
Qantas Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3

6 Feb 2018
Oxford Street Christmas Lights Competition

6 Feb 2018
Resource centre for adults with learning disabilities

5 Feb 2018
Whiteleys Building Development

5 Feb 2018
HS2 Station Designs

London architecture news 2018 for january

31 Jan
Triumph Architectural Treehouse Award 2018

31 Jan 2018
Harrow View East, Wealdstone, London Borough of Harrow
Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards
Harrow View East Homes London architecture news 2018
image from architect

Harrow View East Hoosing
This first phase is part of wider regeneration proposals to transform the Kodak Site in Harrow into a new residential neighbourhood.

29 Jan
Etch House, Honor Oak Home Extension

26 Jan
Sun Rain Rooms, Islington
Design: Tonkin Liu Architects
Sun Rain Rooms, Finsbury home interior
photo : Edmund Sumner

Sun Rain Rooms Home Extension
‘Sun Rain Rooms’ has been crowned London’s best and most innovative home extension as overall winner of New London Architecture’s (NLA) annual ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ competition.

20 Jan
Dukes Meadows Bridge, under Barnes Railway Bridge, Chiswick, West London
Moxon Architects / CampbellReith consulting engineers
Dukes Meadows Bridge in Chiswick
render © Moxon Architects

Dukes Meadows Bridge in West London
The proposal responds to a call from the council to build a new public pedestrian bridge linking two sections of the Thames Path, incorporating landscaped landings at either end.

15 Jan
Aparthotel Wembley Building News
Elm Road Wembley LHG Aparthotel London by Dexter Moren Associates
image courtesy of Dexter Moren Associates, architects
LHG Aparthotel in Wembley Building by Dexter Moren Associates

Planners green-light proposals to transform a faded hotel in Elm Road with a new lease of life.

Brent Council has given planning permission to LHG (London Hotel Group), with the new hotel being designed by award-winning hotel architects Dexter Moren Associates.

The scheme includes 128 suite-style guest apartments, a restaurant, a leisure centre, high quality services, and the hotel’s own service bay to avoid traffic disruption during deliveries.

9 Jan 2018
Walcot Square wins planning approval, Kennington

Planning Consent has just been granted for this brownfield residential development in the Kennington Conservation area, providing six new houses for rent for historic local Lambeth charity the Walcot Foundation.

Walcot Square Kennington property

picture © FORMstudio

Malcolm Crayton, Director at FORMstudio, comments: “The approval for this wellmannered, low-density development, despite the considerable orchestrated opposition from its immediate neighbours, was ultimately a victory for common sense. Although it is widely recognised that the urgent need for new housing involves inevitable densification and the redevelopment of smaller brownfield sites such as this, the ‘not in my back yard’ factor can still be a major hurdle to overcome.”

Sandwiched between the long rear gardens of a grand listed Georgian terrace on Kennington Road to the west and the listed Victorian terraces of Walcot Square to the east, the scheme was described by Lambeth Planning at Pre-App as “an innovative design solution, which responds to its context and, should integrate comfortably with existing development.” It comprises a terrace of ingeniously planned two storey +basement split-level houses and a detached ‘garden house’.

The houses are located down the centre of the site at the greatest back-to-back distance from their neighbours, with west-facing sunken gardens and a hard landscaped mews to the east, while the garden house terminates the mews to the north and benefits from its own walled garden. Conceived as a pavilion, the garden house will sit amongst retained mature trees, with an upper storey clad in bronze-finish panels lasercut, a reference to the dappled light filtering through the tree canopy.

8 Jan 2018
38-44 Rye Lane, Peckham
Design: Keith Williams Architects
38-44 Rye Lane, Peckham Building London architecture news 2018
image from architecture practice

38-44 Rye Lane Building
Set within the Rye Lane Conservation Area, the new building transitions in scale from the two storey C19th housing on Highshore Road, to a height of six storeys as the building.

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