- 2015 – ongoing
- Location: Kennington, London
- Client: London Borough of Southwark
- Project Status: planning approved
- Contract value: £6.9 million
Mews development of 31 flats and workspace for London Borough of Southwark.
Mews development of 31 flats and workspace for London Borough of Southwark.
Adam Khan Architects were appointed as Main Consultant for the renovation and extension of a 1960’s estate in Copenhagen, Denmark. The project includes 224 refurbished and 52 new apartments.
The competition was won in collaboration with Daniel Serafimovski and Price and Myers.
The vision for Ellebo Garden Room is a place where young families live and form rich inter-generational bonds. Affordable high-quality accommodation and the chance to express individuality and care for the shared spaces taps into contemporary desires of living well, with others. Ellebo is comprised of a matrix of connected rooms, with the open layouts of the flats connecting into the wintergardens and balconies.
Adam Khan Architects offer a radical approach, challenging prevalent models of regeneration. The most profound change is the reorientation of the existing neutral, heliocentric layout towards a vibrant central garden. The act of assessing and valuing that which already exists is a critique of tabula rasa development, bringing the benefits of a sustainable approach – from reduced embodied energy and reduced social upheaval, to providing homes that are dignified, delightful and durable.
The internal layouts are adjusted to give larger, double aspect flats, and the facades completely replaced, all without decanting the residents. This is possible through a surgical approach to the existing panel structure and by using new prefabricated façade techniques.
The facades are given a new hierarchy – the outer elevations are highly insulated, simple and economical whilst those facing into the shared garden are given winter gardens and balconies.
These deliver superb environmental performance in a simple robust way, but also give the residents a new seasonally flexible set of rooms. The balconies, vertically proportioned, articulated into bays and made of robust pre-cast concrete, form a dignified, elegant framework for the social life of the estate. This refocus towards the centre animates the shared spaces and fosters a strong sense of local identity. The new build elements of the project further help to give definition and coherence to this new garden room. An energetic process of resident engagement will transform the shared landscape from a barren municipal green to a lively and diverse set of gardens, by offering opportunities to unleash and cultivate the sense of ownership so often suppressed in public housing.
The architecture acts as a robust but nuanced frame for a more plural and diverse community to develop, one that develops organically from the existing group of residents and that caters for contemporary desires for individual expression and autonomy.
132 new homes, ambulance depot
Adam Khan Architects are Main Consultant for the regeneration of Tower Court Estate for Hackney Council, with Muf architecture/art as landscape architects.
A model for higher-density urban family living, the brief called for particular attention to be paid to the needs of returning residents and the housing requirements of the Haredi community. Through extensive consultation and design research, common ground was found between Haredi households and other large households – and this translated into a set of principles for highly adaptable large family homes in a dense neighbourhood. The scheme includes 132 mixed tenure dwellings, a new ambulance depot, and a comprehensive landscape strategy.
Four buildings at six storeys with a single tower at 12 storeys, are arranged on the site to respect and benefit from the setting at the edge of Clapton Common.
This project is part of a wider £85 million regeneration of Central Somers Town by Camden Council, and our close collaboration with the other practices involved was a key feature of the project.
Adam Khan Architects will deliver a Nursery School, Community Play Facilities consisting of an accessible nature playground and a flexible, all-weather sports pitch and 10 Social Housing Homes.
Buildings and landscape have been conceived together – as a set of connected rooms and walled courtyard gardens. All internal spaces are double aspect with natural landscape visible in each direction.
Located at the heart of Somers Town, the community facilities seek to act as a gleaming beacon in the park – with the rooftop MUGA and shop windows lighting the park at night. A generous facade acts as a highly practical screen integrating the MUGA, playgrounds and internal spaces, providing privacy from and controlled sightlines to the park and street.
“Five of the most talented design teams in London have worked together to develop the Central Somers Town project, a flagship regeneration scheme within Camden’s Community Investment Programme (CIP). The realisation of this holistic development in the heart of Somers Town by this unique collaboration will deliver much needed community facilities including – a new state of the art building for Edith Neville Primary School, exemplar community play facilities and nursery, high quality affordable and private housing as well as a transformed park and landscape offering better accessibility, new outdoor facilities and activities for all members of the local community. These exciting design proposals are a culmination of the skill and commitment of these teams which Camden is proud to support.”
Mark Hopson, Senior Development Manager, London Borough of Camden
Pensthorpe Wildlife Reserve integrates nature conservation with inspiring young people to care for the natural environment through adventurous play. The Play Barn reinvents the indoor play centre, bringing sensory and haptic delight through a connection to nature. Equally fundamental to the brief was financial sustainability, the broadening of the appeal of the reserve, and the inspiration of children
The strategy was to reinvent and refine the agricultural shed; to take the many practical and enjoyable qualities of simple agricultural buildings as lesson and inspiration, and yet deliver a building which has a complex brief, is comfortable for many highly active occupants and is highly sustainable.
The brief of ‘natural play’ encourages children to appreciate the natural world through encounter and adventure. This demands a rich sensory connection to the environment and landscape, as well as comfort for a dense occupation of active users and their relaxing parents.
The design refines the agricultural shed through highly integrated design give a deep sustainability: a loose fit strategy for the internal accommodation gives tectonic clarity and long-term adaptability – the play equipment, rooms and even building use will change
The Play Barn successfully addresses several conservation issues. The siting of the building establishes a coherent masterplan for the reserve, with a clear relationship to the existing buildings based on the historic settlement pattern, and the creation of high quality spaces between buildings. The appearance of the building enhances the rural setting, whilst the ornamental covering of holes also offers the potential for nesting habitats.
The remodelling of a flat in the Priory Green estate designed by Lubetkin.
A new gallery made for one of the most celebrated and distinctive artworks of recent years, ’Seizure’ by Roger Hiorns. The relocation of the work from London to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park involved a fundamental re-invention of the work, requiring intense sensitivity towards the artwork and a close working process with the artist. The work was inevitably redefined in this process, and the architecture is therefore highly nuanced, balancing the primacy of the internal experience of the work with the history evident in its new object status. A condition of instability is achieved by the siting of the gallery on the threshold between public park and service yard.
The new gallery also required a sensitive response to its setting amongst a rich ensemble of historic buildings, gardens and landscape. At the same time the artwork imposed very particular conservation requirements – the mass of copper sulphate crystals requires precise environmental conditions for its long term stability.
The design reconciles these complex needs using the historical precedents of grotto, folly and cave. A robust contemporary interpretation of these precedents draws on agricultural and industrial building techniques, used with refinement and grace. The required free ventilation is provided by slits between the cladding blocks, creating an ethereal and mysterious atmosphere. Systematic use of bespoke pre-cast elements references the original site but can clearly be dismantled, a key part of the brief.
The visitor sequence has been carefully choreographed to allow adjustment, acclimatisation and preparation for the experience of the artwork. The visitor experience is one of discovery and revelation.
“Adam Khan’s collaboration with artist Roger Hiorns was
exemplary. Building a new home for Hiorns’ landmark
sculpture was a challenging undertaking. Adam and his
team responded with great sensitivity and daring, imagining
a new structure for Seizure that offers a perfectly gauged
balance between exterior and interior, between modesty
James Lingwood, Co-Director, Artangel
The design of the exhibition looks at how to convey both the delicate sensory qualities of Dan’s work and the complex design process behind them. From a soft warm darkness of humus-brown walls, a set of charred chestnut poles and thick cork flooring suggests the forest floor. A cluster of screens makes a digital pin board showing work in progress –a complex visual narrative of research, precedent, sketch and key detail. Dan’s early education is shown through a collection of physical material – childhood projects, influential books, notebooks and letters shown in a densely packed table display.
The paradox of an artist so profoundly tuned to sense of place working on such a global scale is a new phenomenon and forms the basis for this eclectic use of new and old media. Questioning the simplistic notions of interactive display, the exhibition offers a rich immersive experience in its non-linear intimacy.
The re-modelling of a double height loft apartment in East London for an artist client. A set of formal axes and enfilade rooms were established based on the powerful grid of the host building, to establish clarity and exploit the rich changing light conditions. Restrained but evident detailing is counterpointed with a relaxed expression of raw materiality and eclectic furnishing.
Adam Khan Architects were lead consultants for the new visitor centre and associated landscape on the 67-hectare nature reserve. The buildings and open spaces form a village-like cluster, floating on a large pontoon. As well as giving unlimited flood protection, this brings the visitor into the magical territory amongst the reeds at the water’s edge.
Whilst the reserve is in one sense artificial – a created ‘taster set’ of landscapes – the design is experienced as highly natural, and even to some ‘timeless’. We are interested in architecture that establishes an emotional connection with the user and also articulates deeply held collective myths.
“The design of this building takes away all the apparent
conflicts between architecture and sustainability …”
Max Fordham, Civic Trust Awards National Panel 2012
“a beautifully composed building …”
Dominic Roberts, Architecture Today
Adam Khan Architects were lead consultant for the refurbishment and extension of an established day centre for young homeless people.
“The effect on the users has been exhilarating …
an immediate uplift in attitude and ambition.”
Shelagh O’Connor, Director – New Horizon Youth Centre
“Adam Khan is one of the most inspiring, original and
committed architects of his generation … He was
immensely sensitive to the needs of the 16 to 21yr old
vulnerable and homeless people with whom we work. His
understanding of how we worked and our ambition for our
work produced a completely brilliant building which won
an RIBA Award … I strongly encourage anyone tempted to
work with him to go ahead and do so.”
Jon Snow, Broadcaster & New Horizon Youth Centre Trustee
“a fantastic sense of civic generosity”
Ellis Woodman, Building Design