New build residential scheme of houses and apartments with internal split levels.
Address: 96-100 Shepherdess Walk
Architect: Jaccaud Zein Architects
Contractor: Rooff Ltd
About the project
Situated at the corner of Shepherdess Walk and Wenlock Street, the project mediates between the different historical conditions and formal qualities of the site to propose a terrace of houses and an apartment building with a strong sense of place. The massing of the buildings increases in height from the domestic scale of the houses on Shepherdess Walk to the taller apartment building that stitches the development into the context of post-war housing blocks that extend beyond on Wenlock Street.
A split-level section was developed that was applied to both houses and apartments. This configuration allows for the juxtaposition of rooms with different usages around double-height connected spaces, offering a sense of spatial generosity and continuity.
The split-level arrangement introduces a strong potential for flexibility for the apartments, allowing for possible subdivisions within each unit with multiple access to the stairwell. This flexibility allows for a possible fragmentation of scale and an evolution of use through time to meet the demands of multiple occupancy, of children growing up, of partial rental of the unit, of working from home or just varying use of the different rooms.