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Margery Street, Islington

London N1

This is a tight urban site with unusual constraints. An underground railway tunnel passes directly beneath which is partially occupied by a Victorian Steam Train vent shaft. The shaft could not be removed for logistical reasons, and the already constrained site was further restricted by the need to set back any new construction one metre from the shaft.

Four flats were built on this site including a duplex apartment on the top floors with a living room on the upper level to take advantage of the views and light. Glass cheeked dormer windows heightened the sense of connection to the city around it.

The detailing of the balconies and main doors gave a playful nod to the steam vent embedded on the site as well as the wider economic context of development in London.