Mansion block, Hampstead,
London, UK, 2017

The development consists of 33 apartments over 6 storeys specifically designed to accommodate older residents who wish to live independently but as part of a community and share services and facilities.

The proposed project references the mansion blocks that characterise the Hampstead townscape and translates this building type into a contemporary form. Two interlocking villas break down the mass of the development and allow views through to the green space at the rear of the site. The facade is conceived as a series of projecting bays in round and chamfered forms, made from brick with precast concrete elements. Window openings reinforce the feeling of weight – deeper at the base of the building and almost flush at the top.

The development offers a mix of unit sizes and room provisions. Apartments are designed to exceed Lifetime Homes’ requirements and meet the design criteria for fully accessible housing. All apartments are dual aspect and have a winter garden/loggia that encourages year-long use. Interior layouts are conceived as a flexible series of rooms, allowing flexibility in use as the needs of the residents change and develop over time, including accommodating long-term care.

Competition: 2014
Project duration: 2014-
Gross internal area: 6,500 m2