We were commissioned by Galliard Homes and Albany UK to design a residential-led mixed use building south of Golders Green. Planning consent was granted in 2011, and the building was completed in 2014.
The design combines three housing typologies – The Mansion Block, Courtyard and Mews. The taller mansion block fronting Finchley Road addresses the street, acting as a buffer to create a quieter courtyard behind. Commercial space at ground level provides active frontage and raises the apartments above to offer privacy.
A planted courtyard creates a haven at the heart of the development. To the side street, mews houses with bay windows that reinterpret the local vernacular, bring 'eyes upon the street'. These houses mediate between the high street and the side street inviting a sense of community between new and old residents.
The restrained choice of brick and timber gives the development a sense of calm and continuity as it changes across the site in scale and character. A red brick base wraps around the building making reference to the local context. The white brick above softens the mass with the timber penthouses re-referencing the bay windows of the duplexes.