Client: B&K Structures/Boultbee Brooks Real Estate
Architect: Waugh Thistleton Architects
6 Orsman Road in Hackney, designed with Waugh Thistleton Architects, is a commercial building with a hybrid steel and timber structural solution.
In a site-specific structural system, the building’s core, internal walls and floor slabs will be made of fabricated cross laminated timber panels, whilst the internal superstructure is formed from cellular steel sections. As well as exploiting the structural properties of each, this system will ensure fast and precise construction, maximise floor to ceiling heights and accommodate future adaptations.
Waugh Thistleton’s design to the building’s south-facing elevation is stepped to preserve long views down Orsman Road, with deep-set, ribbon-like windows to minimise solar gain. Its north-facing façade, a lightweight curtain wall system with opening windows, creates an animated canal frontage, allowing for ventilation ducts, juliette balconies and expansive northern light. Black anodized windows give definition to the white rainscreen cladding. The stepped-back upper floors of the six-storey building create large terraces overlooking the canal to the north and the city to the south. Inside, exposed steel beams and timber floor slabs lend a contemporary industrial aesthetic. An expansive entranceway opens up the reception area, enhanced by long views to the canal beyond.
Engenuiti provided structural engineering services for the project.