This tight urban site accommodates office accommodation and six residential apartments over eight storeys deploying a range of clever solutions that combine structural and environmental engineering with carefully controlled architectural detailing. On the main south-facing elevation the glazing is deeply recessed and windows are provided with horizontal louvres to offer solar shading. There is a randomness to this and the structural brickwork that the architect suggests resembles a Jenga block game. Air bricks allows ventilation without having to make opening windows.
On the roof two sophisticated air handling machines mix fresh air with re-circulating air according to sensors. Enough heat comes from computers, lights and people in offices so heating is necessary for one week in a year. Night cooling in summer does the opposite job.