Adjacent to the new Thameslink Station in West Hampstead, DMA’s playful design will contribute to the ongoing regeneration surrounding this important transport hub and provide much needed housing for both private and social tenures.
Positioned between the rail tracks and a residential/light industrial context, Dexter Moren Associates have responded to this challenging Y-shaped site by creating two distinctive architectural treatments for the front and rear of the scheme. The southern wing adjacent to the railway tracks is raised on stilts to create a series of ‘tree houses’ and to distance the apartments from the trains. This allows the greenery from the embankment to flow under, into the heart of the development. The ‘tree houses’ are topped with a folded wing shaped metal roof that acts as a protective skin from the trains and creates a striking and dynamic roof form. The main frontage along Iverson Road is designed to respond to the streetscape with boxed balconies, roof terraces and a living green wall. The development steps down in scale in the form of three townhouses to create a complementary response to the adjacent Station.
The London Borough of Camden have welcomed the design as a “refreshing approach…and at the same time offering an exciting and interesting response to this constrained site.”
Herbert Lui, Director at Dexter Moren Associates said, “Taking its cue from the unusual nature of the site, our concept uses a Y-shaped plan form as an analogy to points along the train tracks. This allowed us to conceive a design that has two distinct architectural responses that addressed the site constraints to provide a unique architectural solution.
The development will include 33 flats and three townhouses.