Winner! Camden Design Award
Last night, Wakefield Street Townhouses won a Camden Design Award. The awards were established by Camden Council to recognise high quality design across the borough. In total, 7 schemes were selected for awards from field of over 90 submitted entries, with a further 15 projects highly commended.
The light-filled, open-plan townhouses sit within the Bloomsbury Conservation Area, adjacent to St George’s Gardens and a number of fine Grade II listed buildings.
A contemporary design echoes the materials and proportions of the surrounding historic fabric. Heavily textured masonry and finely detailed stone cills, lintels and stringer courses create a contextually sensitive skin whilst the window proportions and generous floor to ceiling heights reflect the rich architecture of the conservation area.
Creating additional space on the constrained site was critical and measures included cantilevering over the pavement and extending the basement below the pavement. Each townhouse features a continuous open stair lit from above by a large rooflight which draws light deep into the interior.
The scheme has previously been recognised with a 2013 London Region RIBA Award.