Wakefield St Townhouses

Wakefield Street Townhouses


Practice: Piercy&Company
Client: Great Marlborough Estates
Photographer: PiercyandCompany

Three new speculative townhouses facing onto a Grade II listed wall enhance the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. The building volume steps up so that the townhouses read almost as one-off houses. There is a nod towards the adjacent Georgian typology in the simple façade treatment and the choice of a brick, the colour variation of which makes it appear to have been aged.

Internally, the accommodation is split across three floors with an open staircase made possible by the installation of a sprinkler system. A roof terrace is accessed via a copper pop-up staircase.

The severe constraints set by the conservation area and the demand to avoid overlooking a park set the architects an almost impossible task, but they have dealt deftly with each challenge and produced a fine piece of domestic architecture.

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