The site in Craven Park Road extends between two streets. One is a High Street with parades of shops, handsome Vicotorian villas and a church, the other a mix of mansion block and smaller terraced buildings.
Our proposal substitutes a dilapidated working men’s club with a pair of buildings. The local vernacular of bay windows, gaps between buildings and pitched roofs is used to develop an architectural language suitable to the site and able to accommodate 17 units. As well as private gardens with fruit trees, a small communal play area and orchard and allotment is provided and shared between existing and new residents.
Deep pre patinated zinc roofs collect rainwater in a playful arrangement of gutters, hoppers and downpipes and feed rain water butts and rain gardens.
While the building facades to the streets are more civic and formal the garden elevations are more open and step back to let light into the garden and deep into the apartments.
An entrance path and tall skirting in the communal halls using recyled green glass is reminiscent of the working men’s club and its green clover logo.
Location: London, Brent
Client: Stantia Properties
Project status: In Planning