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Taylor Wimpey enlisted the specialist services of HLM Architects to address a number of unique challenges to the development of this site, previously the location of the original St Dunstan’s House, which was demolished in 1976. The site is located close to Grade 1 Listed Buildings and is in the Chancery Lane Conservation area, thus necessitating a very sensitive approach to the development. The design language had to respect the characterful architecture of the adjacent Grade 1 Listed Kings College Library, whilst at the same time incorporating a sense of the contemporary.
Key to unlocking this vital roof top space, whilst simultaneously respecting the roofline in this conservation area, was HLM’s specification of Glazing Vision’s innovative box skylights. Essentially a free-standing “glass box” these roof lights provided both technical as well as aesthetic benefits for the architects. In addition to four standard freestanding box skylights, Glazing Vision were able to precision-engineer two bespoke sized one-wall box skylights to meet the unique requirements of the re-worked layout. For the contractor these box roof lights, pre-assembled in-house, offered easy installation as they were delivered to site as finished boxes. The physical structure and the specification of the glazing negated the need for additional balustrading, thereby facilitating the full use of the terraced area.
The minimal structural framework, powder-coated in grey to harmonise with the elegant interior décor, and the glass-to-glass joints of the box skylights reflected the clean, contemporary aesthetics at the heart of this residential development whilst successfully providing the desired seamless integration of the exterior and interior.
If you would like to discuss design considerations for an upcoming project, call Glazing Vision on 833-759-3667
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