Kingsgate House, porous blocks by Lynch Architects in London
The Kingsgate House project of Lynch Architects replaces an office building on Victoria Street, in the center of London, with two blocks mixing commercial, residential and office uses. The proposal takes off from the idea of breaking the existing volume into pieces more suitable to the city’s urban scale, specifically through porous blocks that make pedestrian circulation possible and create public spaces in between. The blocks present an active facade on the lower floors. From level two on, different programs unfold in each piece. The west building offices are protected from sunlight by frames that take on a human scale, while the east building dwellings are protected from overheating on the south by terraces and balconies that ensure privacy for residents and present an orderly facade towards Victoria Street. Behind, with views of Royal Park, the project creates a ‘raised garden’ with metallic balconies.
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