This Hackney Housing scheme extends and renovates an early 20th century warehouse in east London. The building had previously been occupied by a joinery workshop and artists’ studios. Belsham Street is adjacent to Hackney Walk, a borough-led reinvention of the neighbourhood as a high-end retail destination.
The perforated brass-clad rooftop extension creates four new flats above the existing building. The existing fabric will also be refurbished to provide a further 5 apartments, with improvements externally including new joinery and black-painted finishes.
The site’s context is relatively tough, with a variety of architectural styles, many buildings in a state of disrepair, and a lack of visual coherence and quality. The perforated brass cladding provides privacy and mediated views from the new units and is intended as a contemporary reinvention of the classic domestic privacy tool – the net curtain.
The diamond pattern in the brass cladding continues into the rooftop residents’ garden. This green roof features planting set out in coloured diamonds and forms a fifth elevation that is readable from adjacent residential towers.
Belsham Street, Hackney E9