London + Regional; Bellis Homes
The client wanted to develop an old Ice Cream factory in Chalk Farm, North London. The site faces Chalk Farm Road and Crogsland Road, opposite Chalk Farm Tube Station, with the Enterprise Public House on the corner completing the block. The development accommodates 19 residential apartments and 20000ft2 of commercial space over Ground Floor and Basement level.
The existing building was to be demolished, apart from the facade on Crogsland Road which the Local Authority deemed of historical merit.
At the front, facing Chalk Farm, the building is a simple solid brick massing with the shop frontage and parapet datums extended from the Public House on the corner.
The scheme developed into 2 separate buidings, looking onto a private courtyard, with each building using the same language which adapts to the different contextual street scenes.
Materials help to unify the language, with brickwork used to the lower floors and Champayne and Biege cladding used on the set back top floors.