A set of crystalline pavilions tops the latest offering by Derwent London and DSDHA
British developers Derwent London are known for their distinct design-led approach in office and commercial spaces. The Corner House on London's Charlotte Street is one of their first boutique residential blocks to complete.
Designed by London based architecture practice DSDHA, led by Deborah Saunt and Davis Hills, the 15,500 sq ft brick clad new-build project stands on a corner spot, elegantly echoing the volumes of the brick houses that formerly occupied the plot.
'The form, articulation and material layering of the facades aims to restore specificity and a sense of place, at a time when modernity seems intent on the generic and the universal', says Saunt. 'The elevations also hint at hidden areas of the building above, inviting enquiry, where the upper level of windows shift away from the orthogonal to allude to the roof top pavilions above.'
The architects 'aimed to create a dialogue with the wider context of the city', continues the team. Featuring dark Petersen bricks and lined with Dinesen oak flooring, the six-storey structure features carefully thought craft-based details - from the metal, generous central staircase balustrade, to the façade's decorative metal grilles.
Two 'crystalline pavilions', which host the development's generous penthouse, top the structure. Featuring high ceilings, long views of the central London skyline, decked terraces and unexpected openings that bring plenty of sunlight in, the penthouse includes two bedrooms, ample living space and an added space that can act as guest room, library or gym. Set back from the building's edges, this space is almost hidden from the street.
'We loved discovering the potential of this expansive rooftop to be a place to live and play, and also very importantly to offer a new fifth elevation to the wider world, one that is almost hidden from the city at ground level', adds Saunt.
The eleven units below - nine private and two affordable - range from one to three bedroom apartments of different sizes - all equipped with large windows and similar attention to detail. Commercial units occupy the ground floor level.