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WHITE HORSE STREET

 

Location: London, UK

Scope: 5 Residential lofts + Retail

Area: 2,350sqm

Stage: Planning permission granted 2012

Budget: £9.25mil

 

Located in one of the last remaining Dickensian Streets in London, No. 10-11 White Horse Street, is an extraordinary site that required a unique design. The site offers only 17% of its exterior to street frontage, being sandwiched between listed buildings on Shepherd Market, the Hilton Hotel on Half Moon Street and the former Naval & Military Club on Piccadilly Street.

The development is mixed use, comprising five residential lofts with retail spaces at ground level.

Having a constricted site with such limited street frontage and a challenging brief to reduce the density on site resulted in primarily a different residential building type: lofts in Mayfair.  

This very insular site posed many difficulties, including how to bring in natural light and create extended views.

An internal residential courtyard creates a sense of privacy through a careful landscaping strategy consisting of a mature trees, green walls and mirrors.

 

The courtyard building presents its principle façade at an angle on the courtyard.

The façade has been designed on a 6 x 6m grid, creating a series of six stacked volumes of the same proportions, articulated sliding back and forth, thus creating a dynamic exterior and a broken down scale.

Each volume represents one double height living room, with views either onto the private courtyard or at the upper levels.

The side party walls will be green walls, and a large mirror has been introduced in the midst of this, giving a sense of space and greater depth to the whole site.

 

The views have been carefully orchestrated to feel as open as possible whilst maintaining privacy. A series of gardens and balcony spaces in interaction with the internal layouts of the lofts in order to drive natural light into the depth of the plan and frame outward views.

 

Client: Motcomb Estates

Architect: Studio Seilern Architects

Planning Consultant: Daniel Rinsler & Co

Services Engineer: Hilson Moran

Structural Engineer: AKT II

Rights of Light: Drivers Jonas

Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon

 

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