Amin Taha bags unusual Hackney quartet
Amin Taha Architects has won permission for three residential blocks and a community arts centre, all in Cor-Ten, within a stone’s throw from London Fields, East London
Describing the projects, which have a combined construction cost of £8.5 million, practice founder Amin Taha said: ‘[Hackney Borough Council’s] planning department asked us to coordinate the designs to visually demonstrate some unity.
‘We agreed that the residential buildings, all being quite similar in brief, were effectively a contemporary housing typology in the context of the repeated, mostly Victorian, shop-front terraces.’
The schemes will be clad in a ‘restricted palette’ of materials: Cor-Ten, brown/black brick or a graphite render. The ‘public interface areas’, namely the shopfronts and security screens, will be made from laser-cut, carbon-dipped mild steel.