Archio has submitted plans for an apartment building – designed around Passivhaus principles – to the London Borough of Newham. The pink block on a tight corner site has been designed at a very early stage with form, orientation, heating and cooling in mind, to make it as energy-efficient as possible. The proposal features four flats that will replace a small terraced house and some garages, including a three-bedroom family unit.
Following the line of the low-slung terraced housing on Kempton Road, the new building has an elongated shaped that wraps around the end of the street and makes the most of a tricky triangular plot. This approach helps the project to reduce the impact of the scheme on its surroundings, while maximising the amount of units that can be delivered on the small parcel of land and also offer the residents views out to the neighbouring park.
More windows to the north and fewer to the south allows for control over light and heat gain, and the stepped profile of the building creates space for sedum roofs and photovoltaics. These levels are clad in pink terracotta tiles and red bricks that lighten as they rise up the exterior, inspired by colour of the surrounding rooftops. The height has been carefully considered to align to the local homes.
We believe firmly that creating housing on small sites is a sustainable way to provide new homes and densify the city. In addition, using Passivhaus principles at the earliest stage makes it much easier to retain energy efficiency in the long run.