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Architecture Initiative wraps a run of contemporary townhouses in Cor-ten steel

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The scheme has been built for Style and Space on Revelstoke Road in Wandsworth, on the site of a former carpet warehouse

Designed as a contemporary interpretation of the London townhouse, the series of two and three-bedroom homes is defined by projecting Cor-ten volumes that mimic a bay window with large double-height glazing. This Cor-ten was chosen both for its distinctiveness and its ability to ‘bring out the warmth of the contemporary London Stock Brick’.

Five duplexes are accessed via front doors at ground levels, while four single-storey flats at the ‘crown’ of the scheme are accessed via shared circulation, located in the recessed brick-clad sections.

Architecture initiative revelstoke road ©ben blossom (3)

Architecture initiative revelstoke road ©ben blossom (3)

Bedrooms have been positioned at the front and rear of the buildings to take advantage of natural light, and lightwells pull ample daylight into the lower ground floor. Bathrooms are located in the centre of the plan to enable an efficient stacking of services. 

Architect’s view

It’s these smaller-scale interventions – such as increasing densities on infill sites, or the re-appropriation of redundant commercial properties – that can make a real contribution towards increasing housing capacity in the city suburbs. Revelstoke Road’s mix of two- and three-bed homes offer housing for couples, young families and empty-nesters alike, bringing a new diversity to the area’s existing housing stock and demographic.

Craig Shanley, associate, Architecture Initiative

Architecture initiative revelstoke road plans 1

Architecture initiative revelstoke road plans 1

Project data

Start on site February 2016
Completion January 2018
Gross internal floor area 1,143m²
Architect Architecture Initiative
Client Style & Space
Structural engineer Morph Structures
Main contractor Proma
CAD software used Autodesk Revit

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Readers' comments (1)

  • If the rest of the street architecture is as varied as the images would suggest, there are three too many of the new units for comfort - even if the previous carpet warehouse was a single structure stretching the length of the frontage.

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