Waugh Thistleton Architects

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6 Orsman Road 1
6 Orsman Road 2
6 Orsman Road 3
6 Orsman Road 4
6 Orsman Road 5

Location

Hackney, London

Status

Construction
2018

Client

Boultbee Brooks Real Estate

Budget

£9.5 million

RIBA workstages

Concept to Completion

This hybrid structure of steel and timber will deliver flexible workspace in the heart of Hackney and make an iconic addition to the Regents Canal skyline.

APPROACH

In a site-specific structural system, the building’s core, internal walls and floor slabs will be made of pre-cut CLT panels, whilst the internal superstructure is formed from standard steel sections. As well as exploiting the structural properties of each, this system will ensure fast and precise construction, maximise floor to ceiling heights and accommodate future adaptations.

DESIGN

The building’s south-facing elevation is stepped to preserve long views down Orsman Road, with deep-set, ribbon-like windows to minimise solar gain. 

Its north-facing façade, a lightweight curtain wall system with opening windows, creates an animated canal frontage, allowing for ventilation ducts, juliette balconies and expansive northern light. Black anodized windows give definition to the white rainscreen cladding.

The stepped-back upper floors of the six-storey building create large terraces overlooking the canal to the north and the city to the south. Inside, exposed steel beams and timber floor slabs lend a contemporary industrial aesthetic. An expansive entranceway opens up the reception area, enhanced by long views to the canal beyond.