Adelaide Wharf is a high quality, sustainable development that delivers 147 new homes and 650 sq m of workspace in Hackney, London. The scheme is a pioneering mixed tenure community that that combines sophisticated urban intervention, emerging efficient construction technologies , and the latest thinking in residential development. As such, it provides an innovative prototype for future housing schemes, particularly in regards to regeneration.
The six storey block wraps around three sides of a landscaped courtyard defining the edges of the city block. The two street elevations have coloured entrance courts lined in glossy vitreous enamel cladding panels punched through between streetscape and courtyard. These courts link into the circulation cores in each corner. Passages from street front to courtyard emphasise permeability and the impression of a collection of urban blocks rather than a singular volume.
The plan of the upper residential floors is based on a rotational symmetry about the two cores, from which the corridors radiate out. The three blocks express this rotation externally in the way in which they turn the corners and their gable ends are clad.
Circulation is kept to a minimum, so that the living area is maximised and the deep plan locates all the serviced spaces along the corridor wall, with the living / sleeping spaces making maximum use of the window walls.