Form follows function
Ramsgate Street was a flagship project for the regeneration of Dalston, and its unique design features make it one of Hackney’s key architectural landmarks
A vanguard project in the move towards onsite energy generation, the building is designed to produce electricity; its form is fundamental to its performance.
We worked closely with consultants at Cambridge Wind Research to hone the shape of the building, which acts as an aerofoil, directing wind to the spine of the building where four turbines are located.
Developed in partnership with Quiet Revolution to ensure minimum sound disturbance, the helical turbines produce a third of the building’s electricity, far exceeding London’s onsite renewables target.
Clad in white glazed tiles, to deflect the northern light, the unimposing, streamlined 14-storey tower sits on a four-storey plinth that aligns with the surrounding urban context. In response to the affordable housing needs of the area it provides a mix of residential provision totaling 66 apartments, including family-sized homes.
The building won the backing of Hackney Council, CABE and the GLA, making it the first tower to receive planning in Dalston’s existing low-level urban landscape.