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委托商：Arrant Land with Peech and Pear
Location: Whitstable, Kent
Type of project: New build block of seven apartments
Client: Arrant Land with Peech and Pear
Architect: Denizen Works
Structural Engineer: Morph Structures
Main Contractor: Yellowjack
Start on site date: May 2016
Completion date: July 2017
Gross internal floor area: 458 sq.m
Contract value: £800,000
Haddo Yard occupies a prominent position on the street, directly opposite the main train station, and mediates between a small shopping parade to the east and residential buildings to the west.
This role is expressed through the articulation of the facing materials, with a light brick base tying the building into the scale of the adjacent shops and dark bricks forming the upper floors and base at the west end of the site. The visual distinction between contrasting brickwork is accentuated through the cantilevered upper floors and deep inset communal entrance.
The distinctive character of the building takes its cues from the local context, with the dark brick gables evoking the forms and tones of the black timber fishing huts that are synonymous with the town.
Bespoke tiles, referencing the faience tiles in evidence throughout the town, have been designed to reference the triangular gable motif, with each tile comprising of three miniature gables mirroring the pitch of the main roof.
These tiles provide decorative relief to the principal, public facing elevation, recognising the presence of the building within the public setting.
Hand-made oak entrance doors and bronze anodised window frames were chosen to complement the tones of the brickwork and reinforce the sense of quality expressed throughout the building. To the rear, private elevation, an economy of detail and material is exercised, with exposed downpipes and blind panels clad in brick off-cuts, laid in a herringbone pattern.
The bright, contemporary interiors are given a coastal character through the introduction of MDF match boarding, which forms a 900mm high datum around the rooms, visually tying together the garden planters, kitchen joinery and window transoms. Exposed screed floors add texture and provide a counterpoint to the simple white room linings.
Through the thoughtful re-use of excess site material and re-imagination of cheap, readily available building products, the landscape is afforded a level of consideration in keeping with the quality expressed throughout the building.
Referencing the materials and textures of the sea walls found along the coastline, a thick concrete wall, constructed from corrugated sheet metal form work, provides a sculptural and robust boundary edge to accommodate planting, services and the bin store and act as informal seating.
Grasscrete slabs form the car-park surface and have been filled with a mixture of grass and contrasting resin-bound aggregate to define a distinct geometric pattern to complement the triangular motif found throughout the project.
Left over bricks were re-appropriated as garden steps and off-the-shelf lintels were used to form the paving to the communal gardens.
To the three private gardens associated with the ground floor flats, 900mm timber planters with integrated seating provide a visual extension of the internal matchboard datum to define patio areas and separate the plots.
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