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APARTMENT BUILDING, GROSVENOR AVENUE, CANONBURY, LONDON N5 8 apartments, building entrance and common parts
areas: 2x 3 bed duplex 184sqm / 6x 2bed 75-80sqm each
total area: 11930sqft / 1109sqm
construction value: approx £2 million This project concerned the creation of an overall design concept for the interior spaces of a new residential apartment building and give it a distinctive character, exude a quality of build and careful design that was markedly different to the majoirity of residential developments. The proposals encompassed the buildings main entrance, common parts and the apartments themselves of which there were 8 in total. 2no large 3/4 bedroom duplex apartments with terraces to the rear at raised and lower ground floors and 6no 2 bedroom apartments on the first, second and third floors all with access to front and rear balconies. Spatially the existing apartment layouts were reviewed and tightened up to make practical, efficient and impressive spaces, surfaces and volumes to which materials could then be applied to make a coherent overall design. The interiors were developed in parallel with the exterior design of the rectilinear brick building where the internal spaces expressed weighty materials and construction methods rather than applied lightweight finishes. Shuttered concrete, and external bricks we brought inside to give the interiors an integrity as an extension of the building architecture. Similarly balconies and terraces were designed to be extensions of the interior as outdoor rooms. This rawness of basic building materials was combined with other more refined materials such as timber, marble and brass to both create contrast and offer a range of textures across the interior spaces. As much attention was placed upon stairways and landings as main living spaces to give the interiors consistency from communal to private and inside to outside.