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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

“Contemporary residential block in Clerkenwell designed by former Conran Director” in London by Doone Silver Architects

 
July 19th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Doone Silver Architects 

Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, 63 Compton Street is a four-storey apartment  building, created for Nord Development. Replacing a 2-storey electrical substation,  the scheme adjoins a listed former public house and responds sensitively to the constraints  of a conservation area. From the street, the building ‘reads’ as a 3-storey  structure; the fourth storey is set back from the street, concealed behind a brick  parapet and creating a generous terrace.

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

  • Architects: Doone Silver Architects
  • Project: Contemporary residential block in Clerkenwell designed by former Conran Director
  • Location: Clerkenwell, London, UK
  • Client: Nord Development
  • Structural Engineer: Heyne Tillett Steel
  • M&E: Peter Deer Associates
  • Planning consultant: Savills
  • Cost consultant: Jackson Coles
  • Area: 538sqm
  • Cost: £1.3million

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

The rear of the building is set back from the site boundary by two metres to create  space for a ground floor terrace and large south-facing balconies to the upper floor  apartments. Four generously proportioned lateral apartments have been created, varying in size from 95m2 to 120m2, with one apartment per floor, whilst each of the  upper apartments has its own private lift access.

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

The building footprint is highly efficient with a shared access stair and lift.  Each apartment comprises a dual aspect open plan living/dining/kitchen space, two  bedrooms and two bathrooms. The second floor apartment includes a large sliding  door panel in the living room to create a flexible third bedroom/study. Within each  apartment the use of an innovative domestic auto-mist sprinkler system has enabled  the omission of traditional corridors and thereby provides maximum useable space.  The system also allows entry into the 18 metre long open plan living/dining/kitchen  spaces directly from the private lift lobbies. The bedrooms and bathrooms are  located on the more private western side away from the lift and stair core and are  configured to create flexibility in the second bedroom arrangement, which can include  an en-suite shower room.

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

All three elevations of the building are important to their immediate context with  all sides visible from the public realm. For this reason the Janinhoff brick is used  throughout, the detailing of which is then manipulated in response to the specific  location – the street; the passageway with apartment windows immediately opposite;  and the rear podium level garden.

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Doone Silver Architects is an emerging London-based architectural practice. Led  by Directors Richard Doone, John Silver, and Ross Kerr, the practice has extensive  experience in commercial and residential sectors worldwide.

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Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

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Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

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Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

Image Courtesy © Doone Silver Architects

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