Architect | Lock 17 Apartments

THE PHASE ONE BUILDINGS FORM PART OF A WIDER MASTERPLAN CREATING A NEW ENTRANCE TO THE SITE BUT IS ALSO ADDING TO THE STREET FRONTAGE ONTO FERRY LANE, AND CREATES THE ENCLOSURE TO A NEW PUBLIC OPEN SPACE FACING ONTO THE CANAL.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE BUILDINGS MAKE DIRECT REFERENCE TO LONDON’S HISTORY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS ALONG THE CITY’S CANALS AND WATERWAYS, AND THESE RATIONAL FORMS SPECIFICALLY RELATE TO THE HISTORIC WATERMILL THAT ONCE OCCUPIED THIS SITE. THE BUILDINGS ARE VISIBLE ACROSS THE OPEN WATERWAYS ADJACENT, SO IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO CREATE A STRONG AND DISTINCTIVE PROFILE TO THE BUILDINGS, BREAKING DOWN THE FORM OF THE LARGER TWO BUILDINGS INTO A SERIES OF SMALLER ELEMENTS CAPPED BY THE STRONG ROOF FORMS. THE APARTMENTS ARE ARRANGED AROUND A SINGLE COMMUNAL CORRIDOR, AND THE UNITS ARE PLANNED WITH OPEN PLAN LIVING/DINING AND KITCHEN AREAS.

THIS SIMPLE, ROBUST APPROACH TO DETAILING IS REFLECTED IN THE USE OF BRICK FOR THE FACADES AND ZINC FOR THE ROOFS WHICH ARE STRONG REFERENCES TO LONDON’S INDUSTRIAL WATERSIDE HERITAGE. THESE PROVEN MATERIALS WEATHER WELL AND CREATE A SENSE OF PERMANENCE. THE BALCONIES ARE PROJECTING PAINTED STEEL STRUCTURES ACCESSED VIA ALUMINIUM SLIDING DOORS AND WILL PROVIDE BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF THE REINVIGORATED PUBLIC REALM AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES BOTH NEAR AND FAR.