- Location: Camden, London
- Client: London Borough of Camden
- Date: 2013-2018
- Value: N/A
- Awards: Housing Design Awards, Shortlist 2019 RIBA London Awards, Shortlist 2019 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence, Shortlist 2019 London Planning Awards, Shortlist 2018
We have been working with residents who are due to lose their current homes as a result of the HS2 development. Commissioned by the London Borough of Camden we have created high quality new homes on the Regent’s Park Estate for them.
Kirkfell on Roberts Street comprises 13 maisonette dwellings, a new community centre, a new public square and community garden.
The strong horizontal banding of the building responds to the 1950s building opposite by Architects Armstrong and MacManus whose design was intended “to regain the traditional character of English urban planning which gives a more compact and intimate environment”. The continuous balconies that dominate the front generously extend the space of the living rooms to the outdoors.
The community centre commands a corner offering a public face to the street and square and opening onto a more intimate community garden behind. The public square creates a connection to Cumberland market and adds new civic space to the neighbourhood.
The design of the maisonettes reflects our interest in vertical living and the preferences of residents. The stepped section allows generous 3.2m high living spaces at first floor towards the south and a taller space in the community hall at ground floor to the north. Dwellings are generously planned exceeding current standards.