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Hendon Phase 4, Block K

Block K at West Hendon is a solid block, modelled in response to its four fronts, containing 186 market units. The lower block (K1) holds the bottom corner of the main green space of the master plan with a prominent corner entrance. It forms a ‘bookend’ to the whole frontage, at the bottom of the slope as it meets the grand trees lining the Welsh Harp Reservoir. The tower (K2) rises to 21 storeys and forms the second of four tall buildings looking out from the water’s edge. It is carved to emphasise the continuous vertical balcony recesses on the two side facades, thereby breaking down the overall form and creating an animated skyline. The main entrances for Block K1 and K2 are located off West Street. The K2 entrance lobby also includes the concierge for Phase 4. Most the three bed units are located in K1. A typical K2 tower floor plate holds 7 units (4x 1Bed and 3x2Bed). Both buildings have cores that server all floors including the basement. K1 and K2 are joined by a brick base that is level with West Street and a story high towards the reservoir, enclosing the basement car-park for the Block. K2’s long side elevations are broken by vertical grooves that hold semi recessed balconies, allowing for privacy and views across the Welsh Harp. Both blocks feature a deep balcony zone, maximising the private amenity space by the reservoir.

 

 

The street frontage is modelled with layered brickwork to give a civic presence to the street

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