- Categories Housing
- Clients Derwent London
- Completion 2015
- Project Team Deborah Saunt, David Hills, William Haggard, Deb Adams, Natasha Reid, Toms Stevens
Housing Innovation Award, 2016
National Housing Award, 2015 – Best Small Development
RA Summer Exhibition, 2013 – 'Fitzrovia Composition Study II'
DSDHA were appointed by Derwent London to develop a design for the conversion and extension of Suffolk House in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area as a mixed-use scheme incorporating private and affordable housing and commercial units.
The project gained planning approval in October 2009 and is to achieve EcoHomes “Excellent” standard, with the incorporation of solar thermal panels, brown roofs, and rainwater harvesting.
The extension sits lightly on the existing building and creates a new “skyline” inspired by the adjacent butterfly roofs. This roofscape is carved to create terraces which overlook the square and to allow views of the sky from below. The proportions, scale, and materiality of the new element are carefully controlled to create a counterpoint to the existing building.