Architect: Henning Stummel
Royal College Street
Freehold (Land only)
Occupying a prominent corner position at the junction of Royal College Street and Baynes Street in Camden Town, this plot of land has planning permission in place for the construction of a substantial mixed-use dwelling of exceptional architectural quality. The property overlooks the Regent’s Canal and marks the entrypoint into the Camden Broadway Conservation Area.
The proposed scheme comprises a B1 commercial unit of approx. 88 sq m (947 sq ft), plus a three-bedroom residential maisonette of approx. 185 sq m (1,990 sq ft).
The commercial unit is accessed from Royal College Street, with a shop space on the ground floor and an office in the basement with a shower room and access to a small courtyard.
The maisonette has its own entrance on the side façade. There is a small room on the ground floor that could be used as a study or for storage, as well as a guest WC. The first floor contains an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room with a terrace overlooking the canal. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor, and the third floor contains the master bedroom with an en-suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe.
Renowned architect Henning Stummel has created a wonderfully sculptural design that’s both excitingly contemporary but also sensitive to its surroundings. The layers of the building line up with its Victorian neighbours on Royal College Street, while the choice of a terracotta-coloured concrete as the primary building material references the colour of the adjacent apartment block on Baynes Street, which was designed by Jestico & Whiles in the 1980s.
The glazing has minimal framing, so as not to detract from the geometry of the building, and the gates and doors on the ground floor are made from pre-patinated bronze.
“Royal College Street is long and wide with generous pavements and shop fronts. Baynes Street on the other hand is a narrower sub-servant. Our new building sits like a hinge on this corner. Our point of departure was to make the parapets of new and established buildings line up and to pick up a clear rectangular geometry, higher along Royal College Street and stepping down along Baynes Street.
“On Royal College Street we wanted a shop front at ground level – this replicates the adjacent buildings. Baynes Street on the other hand offers less space, so having a solid wall at ground level seems appropriate. At first-floor level we wanted the inverse – a living room with a panoramic view at a level that overlooks the canal. The idea of alternating the fenestration from floor to floor developed.”
The property is located close to an excellent selection of shops, markets, bars and restaurants in Camden and Kentish Town, with the more extensive facilities of the West End also within easy reach. Local transport links include Camden Town Underground Station (Northern Line) and Camden Road Overground Station. Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park, with their large areas of green space, are within walking distance, as is the sought-after Camden School for Girls. King’s Cross and Granary Square are easily accessible on foot along the Regent’s Canal.
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Henning Stummel set up his architectural practice in 2000, after working with Sir David Chipperfield (1994-2000) and Sir Norman Foster (1993-1994). The practice focuses on creating simple and serene architecture of lasting quality. A modest timber extension to a listed Georgian townhouse won the prestigious “RIBA London Building of the Year Award” in 2005. This was published internationally and Henning was invited to run a design unit at the University of Cambridge. The Workshop, featured on Grand Designs, where Henning and his family live, won a RIBA award in 2014. Kevin McCloud summed up the project by saying “This is absolutely brilliant”.