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Wednesday23 July 2014

Spacelab completes work on north London landmark

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Tower block stands beside a key artery

Spacelab has completed an affordable housing development on a historic tollgate site beside the A1 into central London.

The location of nine-storey Archway Heights, which replaced a previous, dilapidated residential tower, posed technical challenges which influenced the design and arrangement of the accommodation.

The elevation facing the road is constructed from high-insulation aluminium cladding panels which act as an acoustic buffer to screen the noise of the road while visually echoing the flow of traffic.

Spacelab Archway Heights

Source: Jefferson Smith / Spacelab

Spacelab Archway Heights- west elevation

Bedrooms are located to the rear of the building and open-plan living areas are housed to the front. Picture windows and balconies look along the viewing corridor created by the road.

At ground floor, the development is landscaped and a glazed lobby provides street frontage, adding character to a faceless section of Archway Road.

Spacelab Archway Heights

Source: Jefferson Smith / Spacelab

Spacelab Archway Heights- road facing elevation

With no distinct local vernacular to influence the design the project entailed extensive consultation with planners and the local community to achieve the right solution for such a prominent site, said the architect.

The 25-property scheme, for Origin Housing, has three units on each floor (two one-bedroom and one two-bedroom), ranging from 54 sq m to 61 sq m in size.

 

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  • Truly awful. Looks like a crudely reclad 1950s residential block.

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  • Id like to know what it would have looked like if they weren't trying to visual echo the flow of traffic but thank god they did other it might have looked like they maximised the envelope that follows the site boundary, oh.

    I think the term landmark maybe misplaced here?

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  • Alex Henderson

    I thought the word "landmark" implied that it is something worth seeing.

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