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Whittington Estate Apartment in Archway, London

8 Sep 2020

Whittington Estate Apartment

Design: Patalab Architecture

Location: Archway, London, England

Whittington Estate Apartment Archway

The sense of space, an enhanced connectivity and an understated material palette turns this sensitively refurbished small one-bedroom Whittington Estate Apartment into a spatial sanctuary and a carefully crafted place that feels much bigger than it physically is.

Whittington Estate Apartment Archway

Situated to the East of Hampstead Heath in the Whittington Estate, the flat was designed in the 1970s by the architect Peter Tabori during Camden Council’s ‘golden age’ of progressive housing development. The estate is best known for it’s low-rise stepped profile which was inspired by the local topography, transforming the site’s slope into a design cue and creating a cascade of terraces which allows every apartment to have it’s own outdoor space as well as a front door along the pedestrianised street.

Whittington Estate Apartment Archway

A further defining feature of the Estate is the angular concrete divider that laterally separates each terrace. These concrete fins are the construction’s principal load-baring elements which perform two important roles: externally they emphasise the width of each apartment giving the low-rise estate a more domestic and intimate scale than is usually associated with estate housing, and internally they provide each flat with flexibility in general arrangement. Many of the apartments, including this one, have been adapted from the original layout thanks to these party walls.

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Entering from the North of this apartment one now enjoys a view through the entire flat onto the original timber floor to ceiling sliding window doors that lead to the south facing balcony. The perceived length of this vista is strengthened by a continuous light fitting illuminating the cross-wall that connects the entrance, study and living area.

Whittington Estate Apartment Archway

Whittington Estate Apartment Archway

The living room has also been increased and now spans the full width of the apartment and accommodating areas for dining and seating. This arrangement of bright living space is enabled by locating private spaces in the centre of the plan with internal windows to allow natural light to penetrate through to the bedroom and bathroom.

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Bespoke built-in furniture pieces structure the layout, balancing openness and enclosure as well as providing ample storage. Our design echoes original features such as full height doors and floor to ceiling height timber cladding whilst new joinery, such as wardrobe and bookcases, also reinforce this vertical emphasis and generate a sense of greater ceiling heights than is really available.

Whittington Estate Apartment Archway

The new material palette has been kept simple and restrained to emphasise the spatial flow within the flat. White plastered walls and ceilings are set against a dark oak mosaic floor. Built-furniture and kitchen cabinets are finished in white washed oak whilst grey cement tiles have been used in bathroom and kitchen for both floors and walls. Furnished with a mix of modern and mid-century furniture, this refurbished 1970’s apartment continues the spirit of Talbot’s original design and sensitively integrates the contemporary interventions.

The Solutions
To take out some of the internal divisions and replace with bespoke built-in furniture items that allow for new vistas. To choose a material palette that blends in with the original materials.

Whittington Estate Apartment Archway

Whittington Estate Apartment Archway

Whittington Estate Apartment, Archway London – Building Information

Architect: Patalab Architecture

Project size: 50 sqm
Site size: 50 sqm
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 1

Whittington Estate Apartment Archway

Photography: Jan Piotrowicz

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Location: Archway, London, England, UK

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