This small project punches above its weight; it succeeds at the same time in being a powerful presence in its setting, and completely in tune with it, both in terms of the language and materials of the river edge and of the colour and massing of the nearby housing.
The brief was to build new accommodation for a canoeing facility for up to 30 children and young people, including the disabled, in one of the most deprived wards of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The buildings are clad in Cor-ten steel, resembling rusting boat hulls. They are beautifully detailed, with a clarity that is hard to achieve. The result is a sustainable, low maintenance, tough and intriguing project, made possible by an enlightened client and an inspired design team.