Covers Yard Brighton

Challenge

Barry Stott-Brookes undertook the construction detailing of this project with Architects Plus in 2011-2012, Working with Hyde and Denne Construction to deliver

– a terrace of ground floor apartments with maisonettes above which read as 3 storey ‘town houses’ fronting the east boundary and relating to the existing Victorian terrace housing opposite and adjacent.
– a 7 storey apartment block ‘tower’ on the north east corner of the site marking the corner of Melbourne Street and reflecting the mass and height of Enterprise Point on the opposite side of Melbourne Street.
– a 4 storey apartment block with an ‘industrial’ aesthetic relating to the commercial units and brickwork facades of 124 Lewes Road.

Solution

The ‘town houses’ include bay structures which draw inspiration from the Victorian bay windows of the adjoining terrace housing. The bays are functional structures that provide stores and private access points to the maisonettes. Likewise their rendered facades have a material relationship with the existing properties in Melbourne Street. Low pitched sedum roofs reduce the bulk of the building and illustrate the change in architectural language between the Victorian terraces and the new building.

The tower draws material references from the surrounding finishes: dark brickwork and painted render. The ‘industrial’ element takes material reference from the simple brick facades of 124 Lewes Road. The window and doors are scattered across the elevations to create relief to the vertical form. A brick work plinth provides continuity between the building elements at street level. The communal stair access has a glazed north façade and copper clad west elevation. These elevations form the end stop to the tower when viewed from Lewes Road and also clearly mark the communal primary entrance to the development.

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