Gort Scott, in collaboration with developer Pocket Living, has secured planning permission to build 45 affordable “Pocket” apartments on the site of an unused office building in Walthamstow, England. In an effort to produce highly-sought-after living space in the heart of the city, the design features three- and four-story elements that complete the terrace in the rear of the existing building, filling the gap between neighboring developments.
Inspired by the legacy of the William Morris School that previously occupied the site, as well as by the Warner Houses typical to the city, the exterior of the project will be characterized by a decorative fletton type red brick and precast concrete.
The four story element denotes the main shared entrance, providing pedestrian access through a well-lit, emerald tiled walkway. Filigree metal gates frame the entrance and lead into a landscaped courtyard. This provides a quality external amenity space for residents. All ground floor flats will also benefit from private garden space which add lush planting to the street said the architect.
In order to maximize social interaction between neighbors, the building will additionally feature a top-lit single access stairwell that will lead to two separate corridors around which the apartments will be clustered. The first floor will furthermore contain an enlarged landing that will double as a common room with seating.
The project is expected to begin onsite in November 2016.
Correction Update: A previous version of this article described the building as a refurbishment of existing office space. That is not the case. Rather, the project will be a new build on the site of a disused office.
News via Gort Scott.