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Abbey Road (London), UK

Chassay & Last Architects

83 & 85 Abbey Road is a new development combining a café/bar and a “state of the art” doctors surgery at street level with twenty-four contemporary 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses above. This unique development is located in one of London’s most internationally renowned locations.

The Facade The façade to Abbey Road is split horizontally into 3 main elements: the base, the middle and the roof. The base addresses the street, and contains the cafe/bar entrance and the private residential entrance, and is predominantly glass to maximise the legibility and give vitality at street level. The three-storey middle part is a rendered plane punctuated by small bedroom windows and larger openings for the living rooms. The focus of the building is on the east corner, which is wrapped, in copper panels with varying sizes of windows to reflect the internal use. Part of the elevation to Boundary Road is designed to echo the Victorian terraces. The façade is designed to mimic the proportions of the existing street frontage of Boundary road. The roof is set back from the façade and is read as a Pavilion element, subservient to the main building.

Materials Copper was chosen as the cladding material to emphasise the corner and to give a richness and individuality to the façade. Pre-oxidised copper, long strip cladding with vertical double standing seams and horizontal single lock cross walls was used. This is framed and contrasted by the steel and glass circulation core, and white render.

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Building

Owner: 
London and Newcastle
Completion date: 
2006
Country: 
United Kingdom
Zip code: 
NW8
City: 
London
Street: 
83 and 85 Abbey Road

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Type of building: 
Health and social care
Commercial, trading
Residential
Restaurants
Copper used: 
Pre-oxidised
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Chassay & Last Architects
Address & description: 
Berkeley Works Berkeley Grove London NW1 8XY

Awards

Season: 
2007

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