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Fletcher Crane submits plans for home beneath 60s tower

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Emerging practice Fletcher Crane Architects has submitted plans for a £400,000, three-bedroom home beneath a 17-storey tower block in Westminster, west London

The firm landed the project at The Water Gardens on the Hyde Park Estate following an invited competition organised by the Church Commissioners.

Clad in black tiles, the 120m² scheme is described as a ‘simple insertion’ in an ‘otherwise defunct’ space under the 1966 apartment building.

The architect’s view

‘Situated below a 17-storey, high-rise apartment block, this simple insertion will become a new three bedroom home. Set on an existing platform, the form seeks to mimic that of the existing apartment block, almost as though the addition has been excavated from within. Taking the profile of the negative space beneath the tower block, the mono pitched form positively contrasts the existing form.

‘The home is clad in a mosaic of small black tiles which reference yet contrast the small white tiles of the main apartment block. The remaining platform and the roof of the new unit is transformed into a meadow garden. In summary the development becomes an exciting installation to a space otherwise defunct.’

Water Gardens proposal by Fletcher Crane

Water Gardens proposal by Fletcher Crane

Project data

Client: The Church Commissioners
Type of Project: Residential - one new dwelling and office conversion to residential and roof extension
Contract Value: £400,000
Stage: Submitted for Planning
Architects: Fletcher Crane Architects
Planning Consultants: Jones Lang LaSalle
Cost Consultants: Jones Lang LaSalle
Project Management: Jones Lang LaSalle
Start on Site: due May 2015
Duration: 10 months, traditional contract procurement
Code for Sustainable Homes: Level 5
Gross Internal Area: 120m² 

Water Gardens proposal by Fletcher Crane (plan)

Water Gardens proposal by Fletcher Crane (plan)

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