Similarly, on Birkbeck Mews, we have created a relief design on the façade that references the found amalgamation of building heights, slopes, and angles of the traditional mews, which is less formal, and more random in its nature than the high street elevation. Here the top floor materialises as a mansard level, with dark standing seam cladding, smaller windows, and metal railings to the terraces. The ground floor is expressed with a dog-tooth pattern, which underscores the gable-end roof motif, grounds the building, injects interest and tactile quality, making the building more relatable at the pedestrian level.
With the necessary densification of our cities comes the responsibility to carve essential pockets of outdoor amenity, both private and public, shared gardens and pocket parks. Concentrating the building mass at the two ends of the site allows for a creation of a shared platform courtyard, which can be accessed by all the residents. Between the east and west elements of the development, a private garden has been created offering amenity in the spatial lightwell between the blocks. A space for gathering relaxing, and active gardening. Positive urban development finds ways of adding to the biodiversity and tranquillity of the city, creating social and environmental gains. This this has been a key consideration for the project.