East are currently designing a 50 unit residential development on a site on Prince Regent’s Lane, Newham. We have looked carefully at the surrounding context in devising the architectural form, massing and materiality. The building is intended to join in with and contribute to the place.
Upon arriving from the south, the footway descends from the Greenway, enabling views across rooflines, then leading down towards the lower site. The building will be surrounded by a range of quite different conditions at each side, requiring careful attention in a variety of ways. We have taken this as a positive opportunity, a way to help influence how the building can make special relationships with the wider place at each face.
In overview, the building is a large brick residential block, six storeys tall, stepped back at the third floor, with a pitched roof offering upper garden glimpses and a ground floor defined by a concrete recessed colonnade sheltering entrances and raised gardens from the road. The intention is for the building to engage with its surrounds, in various ways, as you move past, from a distance, and close up. The building is designed to strengthen good urban relationships with positive presence at all sides.
The building is designed in brick, to engage with the predominant surrounding context, and precast concrete, which echos the shopfront pilasters and cornices adjacent and opposite. The limited pallette of materials reflects the character of many of the surrounding Victorian and post war buildings. The colours of windows, railings, brick and concrete will be tonally close, with the key visual ‘highlights’ being found at the ground where precast concrete provides intimacy and human scale, and the roof, designed as an inhabited landscape of smaller scale buildings and space, including a large shared garden and play space.
Client: Excel Architecture
Project status: On-going early stage