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Hackney approves towers by Karakusevic Carson and Chipperfield

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Karakusevic Carson Architects and David Chipperfield Architects have won planning for two apartment towers on the Colville Estate in Hackney, east London

The competition-winning, 198-home scheme - which was approved by Hackney Council on Wednesday night (30 July), has been described as ‘a true design collaboration’ between the practices.

Overlooking Shoreditch park and De Beauvoir Town, the 14 and 20 storey towers mark the third phase of the Karakusevic Carson’s wider masterplan for the east London council estate’s regeneration which will eventually see 935 new homes built.

All 198 flats will be sold to private buyers and will ‘cross-subsidise’ the construction of 338 social and 111 shared-ownership homes across the new Colville neighbourhood.

Paul Karakusevic, partner at Karakusevic Carson Architects, said: “It has been a fantastic collaboration; the buildings form a vital part of the Colville masterplan, creating a natural entrance to the newly regenerated neighbourhood.

‘The design team has worked closely with local residents throughout the past 18 months on the taller buildings to ensure a synergy with local aspirations.’

Colville Estate in east London - Phase 3 approved July 2014 [model]

Source: The London Borough of Hackney, Karakusevic Carson Architects and David Chipperfield Architects

Colville Estate in east London - Phase 3 approved July 2014 [model]

The architect’s view

‘The buildings provide a series of elegant elevation profiles and have been shaped to specifically respond to the light conditions and views of the adjacent context. The hexagonal footprint and orientation maximises daylight to surrounding buildings and enables a layout of generous dual-aspect apartments. The floor plans offer the option of 3 - 6 units per floor with large balconies, maximising views over the park and the canal.

‘Transparency and permeability is a key ambition across the entire ground floor, opening up the site visually and connecting the buildings, as well as enabling a mix of residential and commercial uses. The entirely double height space on the ground floor is providing fully glazed elevations to all six sides of each tower.

‘The project provides a single story basement which, besides accommodating 39 car parking spaces and all technical areas, deals with complex constraints of a main sewer and major gas pipes.

On the upper floors the two towers house a mix of one and two bed apartments and three bed penthouses. Typical floors provide six alternating dual aspect one and two bedroom apartments per floor each with an individual amenity space. Penultimate floors deliver three 3 bed Penthouses, and top floors provide three 3 bed Penthouses with access to private roof terraces overviewing the mainly green roof.’

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It’s official: Chipperfield and Karakusevic Carson bag Hackney skyscrapers job

David Chipperfield Architects and Karakusevic Carson Architects have been officially named the winners of Hackney Council’s Colville Estate design competition

The RIBA Gold Medal-winner, working with estate masterplanner Karakusevic Carson Architects, will design two landmark residential towers on the 5.2 hectare site.

The duo beat Schmidt Hammer Lassen, NL Architects with What Architecture, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris with Haptic, Maccreanor Lavington with Sergison Bates, Feilden Clegg Bradley and Stephen Marshall Architects to win the high-profile job.

Overlooking Shoreditch park and De Beauvoir Town, the 14 and 20 storey towers will include 192 luxury flats alongside office space and underground parking.

Karakusevic Carson’s masterplan for the east London council estate’s regeneration replaces 400 homes with 935 new residential units.

The competition-winning towers, comprising the masterplan’s third phase, will fund 486 homes for social rent and shared ownership elsewhere on the estate.

Karakusevic Carson won planning permission last year for a 209-home second phase. Hawkins\Brown has also landed the go-ahead for its regeneration of the estate’s Bridge House and Marian Court.

Designs for the luxury towers will be developed up to RIBA Stage D+ ahead of the land being sold to a private developer.

A spokesperson for the winning practices said: ‘Our proposal aims to respond to a challenging site and minimise the impact on the neighbouring buildings of the wider masterplan.’

They added: ‘The design competition, reviewed by a design panel, Design for London and local residents, was a great way to test ideas for the site and ensuring that design was a critical part of the evaluation process.’

A planning application is expected later this year.

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