£1m to £1.99M
Brownfield site, New Build
86-90 Paul Street , London , EC2A 4NE , United Kingdom
A hidden gem in the hilly area of Stamford Hill, nestled between the seam of buildings along Spring Hill, overlooking Springfield Park. Proudly rooted with a modern vernacular between historic buildings and other houses which were built and extended in the last few decades. At the entrance to a private road, which is yet to be developed into a quiet place of Mews houses, this building is anchored deep into the hillside. Like a rock chiselled by a sculptor into closely bonded cubic fragments, the building encloses deep basement patios. These channel natural light into the lower floors and provide secluded amenities. The larger and higher, elongated block along the road, and the lower, square block at the rear are connected by, what appears to be a single storey element, which extends further into the basement to form one of five maisonette units in this exquisitely arranged building. Each block has several corner windows allowing intriguing views towards the private road and green, rear gardens as well as the park opposite the road. Whilst compact in footprint, the large, floor to ceiling glazing elements make these flats, each set over two floors, pleasantly bright and airy. The arrhythmic settings of the windows connect the building throughout all floors like a transparent binder, and yet they form, like a lighthouse, a calm, reassuring stability. This is a successful example of high density development which features great openness, space, privacy and outlook.