Barnsbury Square is located in Islington, London, on the site of a former factory. The development includes 10 luxury apartments, 3 commercial units and a basement car park accessed by a car lift. The site is long and narrow, confined by existing residential buildings to each side and streets to either end, making both access to the building and the provision of natural light a challenge.
In order to optimise light and the aspect of the residential accommodation, the apartments are arranged around a central landscaped courtyard. Each apartment has access to a private, covered balcony which appear as a series of stacked cubes to the façade – mimicking the square bay windows of the neighbouring Georgian houses. The balconies have full-height back-lit opaque glass screens which help to animate the façade at dusk. The use of corten steel and glass tubes pay homage to the site’s industrial past.
White Ink Architects were Delivery Architect on this project as part of the Gilbert Ash D&B team. The original concept was designed by Mark Dziewulski – this design was developed by Robert Ian Barnes Architects and ArenaFour Architects.
Photography by The Modern House and Christopher Heaney Photography
“White Ink Architects were always happy to engage in matters of minor detail, and that underpinned the success of this development.”
“We approached White Ink Architects following the viewing of their project – The Hill House. We felt that their careful response to working with and integration to existing buildings would be key to the success of our project. We are delighted with the openness of the new glazed extension and its ability to cross the divide between the internal and external realms.”
“White Ink Architects stood by their concept throughout design development and were able to demonstrate value when aspects of the design were challenged… such conviction has paid off… Project deliverables have met programme and quality targets.”
“They combine design flair with technical knowledge and bring the much needed element of ‘common sense’ to the design and build process.”
“They work in a collaborative and responsive way showing consideration and understanding of our functional needs, and our financial and time constraints.”
“They are always pro-active and prompt in dealing with the day to day issues that occur on a project.”
“…the refurbishment of the Whitehall Building is a feather in the cap for Sandy Row… its refurbishment breathes new life into the area.”
“White Ink Architects provided a unique and strong visual solution to this project working closely with our teams to ensure functionality was not compromised.”