North Kensington

Facade Studies

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This large residential masterplan presented numerous challenges stemming simply from its geography.  Bordering Kensal Green Cemetery to the north, railway lines and Wormwood Scrubs to the south and west, and encompassing two gas works within its borders, creating the right mix of buildings for this site required equal parts imagination and experimentation.  We investigated a variety of massing options and facade treatments to a series of buildings ranging from four to ten stories.  The result was a multitude of studies showcasing how different materials can be used to blend otherwise stark borders--rich stonework and warm timber abutting the cemetery; industrial copper and other metals closer to the gas works.  The study shown here features warm textured brickwork with subtle accents of timber, and glazed cantilevered balconies.

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