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Can a tall building respond to both it’s current and future context?

We were asked to consider a site in south London recently re-classified by the local authority as an Opportunity Area, meaning it is intended for redevelopment. Our proposal takes the L-shaped geometry of the existing site and rationalises it into a series of five-sided floor plates which morph to suit the building heights of the current context. In the centre, a 14 storey tower provides 70 dual aspect apartments while ensuring that a coherent streetscape is retained.

St James Road
Location: London, UK
Type: Residential
Size: 7500m2
Client: Kurapatwa Ltd.
Status: Pre-Planning
Date: 2016-2017
Project Team: Alex Smith, Margherita Zompa, Carolina Borgatti