런던 중심가에 위치한 28개 아파트와 3개의 타운하우스를 포함하는 고급주택단지 개발사업. 이 주택사업은 버킹엄 궁전과 로열파크 그리고 웨스트민스터 대성당과 인접. 이러한 도시환경 및 건축물과 조우를 위해 도시문맥을 연장시키 위한 건축어휘를 새롭게 적용한다. 동시에 새로운 아이텐티 구축을 함께 제시한다.
그중, 창문과 조적의 건축적 어휘를 새롭게 재해석한 비대칭 디자인을 통해 고급주거의 독창적인 아이텐티 구축과 도시로 확장된 장면을 연출한다.
High-end residential development is a boutique development of 28 apartments and 3 townhouses in Central London. It is located in the historic Birdcage Walk Conservation Area of Westminster. VI Castle Lane is minutes away from the Buckingham Palace, the Royal Parks and Westminster Cathedral.
Location: Londres, United Kingdom
Lead Architects: Michel da Costa Gonçalves, Nathalie Rozencwajg
Area: 4600.0 m2
Project Year: 2017
Manufacturers: Cricursa, Autodesk, McNeel, Ibstock
VI Castle Lane revisits a recurring element of English architecture through a novel interpretation of the bow window. Introducing contemporary design in a highly protected conservation area, the project’s complex volume uses its curving walls to negotiate conflicting urban scales; from mansions to townhouses. Strikingly protruding in and out, the curved glass extends tangentially from the building to enlarge the living space inhabiting the street as a hovering semi-external spatial experience.
Designed by Michel da Costa Gonçalves (DROO) with the collaboration of Nathalie Rozencwajg the project was initiated by Land Securities (realised by Sons & Co.) with the particular brief of creating an innovative residential development in the midst of Heritage settings. Dealing with a complex site, spanning over two streets of different character, DROO devised an architectural response to ensure continuity whilst introducing a unique design.
The particularity of the site resides in siting in between two distinct urban forms, with traditional London townhouse rows to the west and on majestic Victorian Mansions to the east. In addition, historical sediments of legal and regulatory constraints accumulate to form a finely tuned and highly complex volume. The mansion sized core building is merged with domestically scaled volumes of interpretive townhouses.
The dichotomy of scales between the taller apartment blocks and townhouses is resolved through the sculpted volume of convex and concave bends of curved glass. Simultaneously responding to local constraints and offering a new spatial typology, the façade plane “peels off” into novel bow windows.
Michel Da Costa Goncalves, DROO says, ‘The extensive cataloguing of surrounding architectonics, both of window elements and brick masonries, resulted in the asymmetrical design extending tangentially from the façade plane. The novel bow window progressively moves from planar to tightly curved glass thus creating augmented visual effects both in an out. Elegantly extending from the building to enlarge the living space, the bow window devises a semi-external spatial experience, offering spectacular views of the city from within. A floating space; simultaneously inside and outside.
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