Once complete, 17-21 Wenlock Road will be the tallest Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) hybrid structure in Europe.
Our client, Regal Homes, was looking to create unique apartments with good daylight, great views and really useable amenity on a tight urban site. Our response was to provide light, ventilation and private outdoor terraces for each of the 50 new homes whilst avoiding the ‘dead’ lightwell that is all too often a compromise of courtyard-based developments.
The cruciform plan provides four courtyards with direct visual connections to the city whilst fostering an intimate community experience for residents. A series of twists ensures that all flats have dual or triple aspect with generous terraces. The ‘skewed form’ allows long oblique views north and south along Wenlock Basin. This reduces residents’ perception of density from within the flats and offers a more dynamic building form when seen from the street.