The Faber Building

9 Passivhaus apartments designed for a low carbon future.

Located in a verdant green corner of London, the project for 9 Passivhaus apartments attempts to create a new London benchmark for low-carbon, net-zero housing.
Our aim was to design a resilient building that looked towards the next 100 years, comfortably suited for adapting to climatic changes and the needs of the residents.
    Simple but carefully tailored massing helps to resolve the intricacies of the infill site and semi-urban setting.
    After extensive testing a strategy was developed that used a sculptural balcony frame to act as an environmental mediator for the apartments, providing shade, privacy and amenity space.
    The balcony frame is fitted with adjustable fabric awnings to allow the expansive views to be maximised whilst filtering the southern sun.
    The use of retractable awnings coupled with geometry and depth plays with the strong southerly light, casting shadows to create a continuously changing pattern of light and shade-solid and void.
    Internally, an exposed CLT frame gives the residential spaces warmth whilst reducing the project's carbon footprint. Panoramic windows provide views of the city skyline beyond.
    A communal garden pavilion with shared workspace offers the residents the opportunity to adopt flexible home working patterns.

      Technical Description

      Status: Ongoing
      Type: 9 Residential Apartments
      Gross Internal Area: 740 sqm
      Client: Tikari Works
      Structural Engineer: Engenuiti
      Passivhaus Consultant: Max Fordham
      Planning Consultants: HCUK Group
      Visualisation: Darc Studio