Newly completed, 63 Compton Street by Doone Silver Architects (created for Nord Development), is a striking Modernist development building which accommodates 4 luxury apartments in Clerkenwell. It replaces a 2-storey electrical substation, adjoins a listed former public house, and responds sensitively to the constraints of a conservation area providing light and airy apartments in the heart of the city.
The rear of the building is set back from the site boundary by two metres to create space for a ground floor terrace and large south-facing balconies to the upper floor apartments of which there are one per floor each with its own private lift access. From the street, the building ‘reads’ as a 3-storey structure; the fourth storey is set back from the street, concealed behind a brick parapet and creating a generous terrace.
Each apartment comprises a dual aspect open plan living/dining/kitchen space, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The second floor apartment includes a large sliding door panel in the living room to create a flexible third bedroom/study.
The building is constructed of insitu concrete. Internally this is left exposed, its robust character contrasting with the more muted palette of solid oak floors, Calacatta Oro marble and warm grey painted plasterwork and joinery.
The facade of blue/red/silver glazed Janinhoff brick responds to the adjacent red brick Victorian buildings as well as the blue engineering brick and dark blue/grey painted buildings prevalent in Clerkenwell. The sharp edged quality of the selected brick and the use of dark grey recessed mortar joints, creates a rich and varied texture.
Doone Silver Architects is an emerging London-based architectural practice. Established in 2010, the practice is led by Directors Richard Doone (previously Managing Director at Conran & Partners), John Silver (ex Director at Foster and Partners and BFLS) and Ross Kerr, and has extensive experience in commercial and residential sectors worldwide. The practice creates attractive, efficient and modern buildings that ‘work’ well. The practice’s success lies in a collective ability to generate a powerful ‘device’ which captures the imagination, a strong idea that becomes the ‘driver’ of each project. There is no overt house style, but a clearly discernible DNA links all projects. The practice designs buildings that ‘perform’ at the highest level - the three most recent projects have all achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ ratings.