London, United Kingdom
In 2008 the former Middlesex Hospital, located in the neighborhood of Fitzrovia, London, was shut down and its facilities were relocated to a more modern hospital nearby. After demolition, the large vacant site in central London offered enough space for the construction of a mixed-use complex that would promote densification and revitalization of that whole part of the city.
Gathering office, residential, commercial and cultural activities, Fitzrovia Hybrid Living intends to constitute a veritable ‘city within a city’, including green spaces and open public concourses. The complex is comprised of retail, restaurants and a library on the ground floor; office space on the first three floors; and apartments on the upper floors. The project also includes an old neo-Gothic chapel that was part of the old hospital and has been preserved as a reminder of the history of the site.
Several sustainable design strategies were applied in the development of this project, in order to achieve a high degree of environmental performance. Generous solar access is provided to all of the residential units even during winter, and has been an important aspect in the form-finding process of this project. A dynamic façade component that combines the function of louvers, light shelves and night shutters provides adaptable opportunities for the residents to control the amount of solar radiation and daylight they wish to receive.
Location: Fitzrovia | London | United Kingdom
Type: Residential | Commercial | Services
Client: Middlesex Hospital
Built area: 91.090m²
Site area: 11.380m²
Authors: Alexandre Hepner, Anna Tziastoudi, Herman Calleja, Noah Czech