TfL is one of London’s largest landowners. It owns 5,700 acres of land, larger than the entire London Borough of Camden and includes 500 potential development sites. Many of these potential sites are in difficult locations with varied and numerous restrictions - proximity to train lines, obstructed access or narrow irregular sites are typical dilemmas to overcome. The many underdeveloped sites around London often lend themselves to a practice who can think creatively to realise their full potential, while providing much needed housing, services and amenities to the wider area.
Whether renovation or new build, our aim is to take a brave approach towards complicated, historic or constrained sites, and seek to challenge and be challenged by complex briefs and the physical context. We see this as a great opportunity for new living formats to create co living, compact living and new work spaces all combined to create a sustainable future community, allowing young local people to work, rent or buy in a prime city location.
As a proposal to maximise the potential of these sites, this land locked site is developed to create a mix of live-work and community spaces. The element in the foreground would be high density co living environment with small private units on upper floors and extensive shared social and amenity space to ground floors. These are split between, live-work on ground across the way from archway retail and work space and high quality apartments averaging about 40sqm above.
The design is playful and distinctive but would respond directly to the existing setting. Buffered by streetscape and gardens between railway and existing housing. A key aspect of getting these spaces right is making the most of shared external and internal spaces, something that is at the heart of our co-living design, providing an immediate shared environment to create a sense of community. This brings vitality and longevity and ultimately what we would all call ‘home’ to the development.