Eastcote Lane

Eastcote Lane

We want to create a well designed and high quality housing scheme for the corner site in Harrow.
There is currently a large shortage of good quality housing in London and we hope that this project could help alleviate this. We have included a series of concept diagrams to aid with explaining how the scheme works and responds to the local context and site.
The site sits on a corner junction with buildings on either side, the proposed plan of the development follows the urban grain and development pattern along the street with the built areas closest to the street and pavement. The Southern part of the building sits broadly in line with the adjacent 4 storey apartment block on Field End Road, as the site curves to the North the building steps in and out to turn the corner and also meet with the alignment of the post office building on Eastcote Lane where it becomes a 1 storey building.

The stepping in plan is a key driver for the design, each apartment is formed from a segment which is set out from a point to the West of the site. Each segment is then rotated along the site, much like an opening fan. As the segments turn across the site, they also move in and out, stepping both to the front and back. This step allows the ground floor apartments to have a larger garden and buffer space between the rooms and the pavement. In turn the rear stepping in and out breaks up the mass and rear elevation and gives the opportunity to have a mix of balcony types which undulate around the building.

The stepping also provides a rhythm and articulation as the building turns the corner, the addition of winter gardens to the North and west facades also embellishes this design. As well having the stagger in plan we are also staggering the building in section with the use of brick reliefs. The staggering and undulating front facades help the building break up its appearance and view from ground level along the street. This is more effective at providing an interesting and pleasant elevation than a square building with flat facades.