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MEDORA ROAD

Redevelopment of an empty infill site located in Brixton with multiple different housing typologies.

Brixton, London.

Redevelopment of an empty infill site located in Brixton with multiple different housing typologies. Maintaining the run of terraces that line Medora Road was a fundamental design constraint limited by the ownership boundary of the site previously resulting in a unimplementable planning application that Dowen Farmer were challenged with amending.

To the rear of the sloping site are two more dwellings sunken into the landscape. These are designed with the intention to have minimal visual impact from neighbouring properties with flat green roofs to blend into the context. Access to these units proved to be challenging due to the narrow arrival into the site and requirement for a three storey block aligning with the street.

Slightly setting the front block back from the main building line of the street and curving off the anchor corner of the scheme offered sufficient space for the rear access to the lower ground unit and two sunken houses towards the rear of the site. This also allowed for a more respectful condition with the neighbouring property with a larger gap between the buildings and a more open arrival experience for the rear residents.

Slightly setting the front block back from the main building line of the street and curving off the anchor corner of the scheme offered sufficient space for the rear access to the lower ground unit and two sunken houses towards the rear of the site. This also allowed for a more respectful condition with the neighbouring property with a larger gap between the buildings and a more open arrival experience for the rear residents.

Amenity – Three units within the front block are stacked across four storeys; one of which is the basement. This basement unit has a rear courtyard offering plenty of natural daylight and private amenity space.

Key Moves – A key constraint to the site is the narrow arrival off of the street. Curving the corner of the block opens this up to allow for access to the rear properties and the front block stair core.

Massing – To break down the mass of the proposal, two stepped blocks were used to add sufficient floor area to the apartments and duplex without losing the traditional proportions set out along the Medora Road terraces.

Project Info

STATUS
PLANNING APPROVED, 2021
TYPE
RESIDENTIAL
LOCATION
BOROUGH
LAMBETH
CLIENT
AREA
400m²

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