An apartment building placed 30cm from a railway viaduct may seem unlikely but Solid Space commissioned dRMM to design one with an idea for a new housing typology for brownfield sites, a hybrid of the Continental horizontal apartment and the English vertical terrace house. The development transformed a derelict site to create large split level flats that offer space, light, roof terraces and a communal garden.
The building was conceived as ‘inside-out’; it appears to be a wooden coat over a concrete frame. Closer inspection reveals all to be concrete. Internally, walls are textured concrete. Externally, they are clad with fibrous cement, a mock-timber rain screen of augmenting proportions. Other than in situ concrete, all components are prefabricated, specified and assembled according to dRMM’s ‘off the shelf’ catalogue design methodology.
No. one Centaur Street received several awards in recognition of its small but significant contribution to London’s housing agenda.
Photography © Alex de Rijke, Michael Mack, Marcus Fairs