Fitz' and starts

Laura
Monday 21 Dec 2009

First phase of HOK's Fitzrovia development completed

The first phase of a new residential and healthcare scheme, designed by HOK, has been completed in Fitzrovia, London. Phase one of the development includes 26 individually designed private and 14 social housing apartments. The scheme is being developed on one of London’s historic hospital sites and includes a state-of-the-art facility for the new Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

HOK’s design for the building is punctuated by vertical bay windows fabricated from anodised aluminium and glass. The street elevations are clad with Caliza Capri limestone, giving the building a high quality stylish finish. In contrast, the elevations overlooking the courtyard are clad in light coloured zinc tiles, to reflect the sun and maximise light.

To further enhance the ambience of the streetscape, the new healthcare facility boasts public artwork in the form of vibrant, two-storey glass fins on the south and west wing of the building, developed in collaboration with artist Lowings Carpenter. The glass fins display MRI scans that have been transposed to create shadowy and transparent ‘hands’ that meet at the corner of the building.

HOK’s Director of Design, Larry Malcic commented: “The Fitzrovia Apartments are a luxury metropolitan concept for urban people who value the urban environment. It boasts a hidden, landscaped garden, an historic structure and elegant apartments for busy commuters and generous dwellings for families. These characteristics are all combined with a healthcare provision that puts people and wellbeing at the heart of the development.”

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