HOK’s skinny house makes the most of available space

Nick Myall
Friday 18 Aug 2017

Space is at a premium in central London, so making the most of what is available is critical, as this unique project clearly demonstrates

On behalf of developer Manhattan Loft Corporation & Ridgeford, HOK has secured outline planning consent from Westminster’s City Council for the development of a unique family home situated in a narrow alleyway between 379-383 Euston Road in London.

The residence will be developed on an extremely constrained 3.1-m-wide site and have a net internal area of 142 sq m. HOK responded to this brief with a design for a sustainable, three-bedroom, 4.5-storey single residential unit with multiple outdoor spaces. The design features an open plan for the kitchen and dining area on the ground floor with a back outdoor courtyard. One terrace is at the back of the first floor level and a second terrace is accessible from the fourth floor master bedroom offering views of Regent’s Park.

“We’re pleased that planning has been secured for this highly unique residential project. It is a great example of HOK’s versatility and ability to deliver projects of all scales, from bespoke houses to major residential towers,” said Dan Hajjar, managing principal for HOK’s London practice. “Our team has enjoyed responding to this challenging brief with a highly imaginative approach.”

The design for the house on Euston Road, Fitzrovia, is a response to the critical shortage of available development land in central London and the requirement to deliver more inventive housing. A central stairwell arrangement in the small atrium minimizes vertical circulation, provides natural light and ventilation, and maximizes available living space. The areas located at either side of the stairwell are arranged in half levels, providing strong visual connections.

To preserve the architectural integrity of adjacent buildings, the facade fronting Euston Road will be set back 10 centimeters from the adjacent building facades. 

Nick Myall

News editor

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