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.