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DSDHA

DESIGNS ON KING'S CROSS

David Hills, Martin Pearson, Sam Potter

Our starting point was to claim an address for the housing development which would positively relate to [proposed] Cubitt Park, and develop a garden strategy to define an identity for the housing. The volume of the two housing blocks is broken down to optimise set-backs from the adjacent buildings, and maximise light penetration.

The blocks are then structured around a series of discrete shared gardens. The ground and first floors are largely given over to the public realm for retail and leisure, with a generous provision of 'cellars' for the apartments using the depth of the parkside block. Above this the apartment building splits in two around a 'woodland terrace' which overlooks the park, and opens views to the rear courtyard apartments. This more-urban block grows from the paved square, which is carved at street level, and rises to an intermediate roof deck with tennis courts.

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