Director Guy Lake reflects on the collaboration between Iglu and Bates Smart:
'Working with Iglu is consistently rewarding. Creative collaboration is essential to find the optimum solution, particularly when you are trying to create a product with a real point of difference such as the Iglu model. There is a high level of trust and Iglu as a client are integral to the design team.’
The 12 storey building is read as a series of stacked volumes that sit on a two storey terracotta base that provides warmth and a human scale to the street. The two lower levels of the building accommodate a range of indoor communal spaces that open onto a large landscaped courtyard for residents to meet and socialize.
Internally off-form concrete, timber and terracotta provide a backdrop of raw natural materials. Colour and texture is introduced through fabric, rugs and furniture to create a relaxed atmosphere.
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Images by Brett Boardman