Sutherland Hussey Architects has beaten Peter Barber Architects and Brady + Mallalieu Architects to design a new mixed-use building on an awkward site on Wood Green High Road in north London.
The practice triumphed in the limited architectural competition with what Haringey Council - which organised the contest after receiving some unsatisfactory planning applications for the site - branded 'an exciting piece of modern architecture'. It was also judged to be an 'outstanding response' to a site with neighbours such as Charles Holden's Wood Green tube station, a locally-listed Victorian pub and a new 'Hollywood Green' cinema complex. The architect designed a tiled facade with a view to protecting the interior from street pollution, using glazed slots positioned to take advantage of views and south-easterly daylight. The building's external envelope extends round a new internal courtyard, while a mono-pitch zinc roof slopes down to it.
Charlie Hussey told the AJ the building, costed at around £500,000, includes six two-bed flats and will go ahead if funding is secured.
Brady and Mallalieu Architects' entry (pictured below) featured a facade as a glowing, sealed translucent glass wall, enlivened by a series of frameless glass 'blades' cutting through the wall. The practice's scheme also included shop units, a bar/restaurant, three live/work units and a loft style apartment on the top.
And Peter Barber Architects (opposite) opted for a tower-like building which would, by virtue of its 'distinctive architecture' and height, counterbalance a high-rise office building on the other side of the street.
It would catch the sunlight by day and be animated by users by night.