This mixed use, seven storey building is located adjacent to the Whitmore Bridge over the Regent's Canal. It provides the four client cooperative with two floors of office space, a double height photographic studio and three triplex apartments opening onto roof terraces which overlook the canal.
The building form illustrates the structural capabilities of prefabricated timber panels - maximising the multilateral strength of the material by arranging spaces to minimise lateral spans. At the centre of the building, the double height studio spans 9m and stretches to 23m of open column free space. This is achieved by the walls acting as beams and the party walls in the apartments above acting as trusses. The cross-laminated timber structure was erected in five weeks by a four man team.
Our extensive experience with timber construction has enabled us to push the boundaries of timber design in this project, cantilevering the timber building 1.5m over the canal. The cladding is sweet chestnut, a traditional British barn cladding timber. Timber reveals give depth to the elevations, and the large windows provide north light and canal views to the studio and offices.