Grand Union Canal Walk Housing - London, UK

Nicholas Grimshaw
Date Built
Beside the Grand Union Canal in Camden Town
Nicholas Grimshaw designed a Sainsbury's Superstore on a triangular site in Camden Town with Camden Road on one side, Kentish Town Road on another and the Grand Union Canal at the base.  The design included a "terrace" of residential units facing on to the canal.  The architect's website says that the accommodation comprises, " ... ten three-bedroom houses, a one-bedroom maisonette and a bedsit flat."  They add that, "The tight site and the need to allow sunlight to penetrate living areas without recourse to any south facing windows dictated the form of the houses; hence the 'L' shaped, open plan, top lit living space at first floor level. The houses are built from dense concrete block work with precast concrete floors and felt covered timber roofs pitched at 10 degrees. Internally, the walls are plastered and painted white and natural beech is used for stairs, flooring and other details."

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