The Birdcage Conservation Area which is situated close to Buckingham Palace in London is a beautiful area with lots of traditional row houses and Victorian mansions that give it an old but well kept and historic vibe. It’s here that a new residential block was erected in 2017. It was a project developed by studio Name Architecture and it has a very interesting aesthetic. On one hand this is a very sculptural and contemporary-looking structure but on the other hand, it was designed in relation to its context and manages to blend in surprisingly well. The building is comprised of 28 apartments and three townhouses which gives it a nice degree of diversity and allows it to play with different heights, shapes and differentiation.
The building occupies a corner plot and is framed by two streets right along the sidesThe curved windows stick out and give the facades an undulating shape and an asymmetrical look
The apartment building has a bold aesthetic, featuring all sorts of concave and convex surfaces that complement each other and help to shape the building in a way that’s intriguing without making it stand out too much. As a general rule, the idea behind this design was to create a contemporary interpretation of typical traditional English architecture and to take inspiration from all the neighboring structures but also to make this unit unique and different from the rest. There’s also a sustainable side to this project. This residential block has living roofs and solar panels for added energy-efficiency.
The brick exterior is in tone with the architectural context of this area and helps the building blend in
The protruding windows expose the apartments and townhouses to the surroundingsThe architects relied on bow windows to give the facades an interesting and contemporary lookThe curved windows also help to soften the edges of the building b wrapping around the cornerThe light brick exterior creates a neutral backdrop for the more contemporary design elementsThe smoothness of the windows is beautifully complemented by the earthy texture of the brick wallsThe eclectic nature of this design allows the building to fit really well into the surroundings