Modern mixed use commercial and housing scheme built in timber with a twisting cruciform plan behind a brick screen.
Address: The Cube Building Wenlock Road London N1 7SL
Client: Regal Homes
Contractor: Regal Homes Construction
About the project
The Cube Building is a mixed use development of one, two and three bedroom apartments, located on Wenlock Basin.
The scheme consists of 50 apartments, 33 of these are allocated as private units, with the remaining 17 units being offered as either socially rented or shared ownership. The building delivers 12,421 sq ft of commercial space on the ground and lower ground floors, which is integrated into the residential community, offering amenities, such as an onsite cafe.
At ten storeys, the development is currently the tallest hybrid Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structure in Europe.
The designers deployed a basic cruciform shape which provided four courtyard communities for residents and then twisted every second floor, giving a striking external appearance. This ensures all flats have dual or triple aspect views of the city, canal or park opposite, with a generous terrace or balcony, maximising the amount of daylight and ventilation available.
The gridded brick screen exterior of the building creates private space for those within the development and also follows the building line of the neighbouring architecture, keeping a uniform view from Wenlock Road.
The façade is clad in timber, which carries the PEFC Chain of Custody Certification, ensuring the project maintains a fully transparent Green Supply Chain. Further sustainable features include the enhanced insulation of the green roof, and the ecologically designed canal gardens.