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Amin Taha bags unusual Hackney quartet

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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.


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