The scheme represents a great example of how art and architecture can be merged into successful urban design that re-intensifies and brightens up an under-utilised urban space, providing valuable living space whilst mitigating noise and pollution.
The building gap at 126 Finchley Road is flanked by a Victorian building to the East and a post-war office block to the West. The contrasting geometries of the pitched roof architecture against the regular office facade are combined into a new architectural statement.
The facade was developed together with the Berlin-based artist Michael Taubenheim, well known for his collage technique using Japanese plate gold. The architectural principle of the ‘Moroccan Window’ is used to maximise outlook and privacy on the heavily frequented main road.
Fixed window panels are positioned next to noise attenuating ventilation panels with air filters to create a contrasting diagonally patterned facade. On the roof, solar panels are added to provide 20% of the required building energy through renewable energy.
A high-quality landscape design is carefully detailed to make the best use of the limited space available, providing relief for the residents in an otherwise built frontage.
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