A model of the Hampstead project facade at the RA Summer Exhibition

A detail model of the facade of the project for a Mansion block in Hampstead, currently on site, is on display at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

"...The facade is conceived as a series of projecting bays in round and chamfered forms, which give the building a strong vertical rhythm. The bold forms are reminiscent of the confident historic architecture of the area, but rather than a pastiche copy, they offer a contemporary interpretation that gives the proposal a clear identity.

Brick, the dominant material in Hampstead and London in general, is the prevalent material of the facades, with deep reveals and layered details giving the project a feeling of permanence. Articulated lintels, string courses and cornices convey the sense of elaborated construction that is found in the nineteenth century urban context.

Window openings reinforce the feeling of weight – deeper at the base of the building and almost flush at the top. Here, ceramic tiling akin to decorated terracotta faience is used to give further articulation to the facade."

250th Summer Exhibition
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD

12 June — 19 August 2018
10am – 6pm; 10am – 10pm on Friday