Reknowned for its distinctive layout, the 'Cube' has set a new standard for hybrid residential buildings. Using a solid cross-laminated timber structure, the building is one of the tallest of its kind in Europe.
Situated within the London borough of Hackney, the 10-storey residential development on Wenlock Road is home to 50 apartments - all sold off plan, prior to completion together with 1,190 square metres of commercial units. At its time of building The Cube was set to take cross laminated timber (CLT) to new heights.
Following the client’s brief, to maximise value by creating something a little bit different, the architects created a uniquely shaped building that offers its residents good daylight, great views and generous terraces. Using clever geometries each apartment has a unique identity. Four courtyards form direct visual connections to the city. The twisted layout provides dual and triple aspect units with generous terraces, whilst protecting neighbours’ privacy. Allowing for changing future needs, internal walls have been constructed for easy reconfiguration.
All apartments have been designed to a high level of daylighting and natural cross ventilation and there is a shared ecological garden with locally sourced plants inviting a new community to build. The development features energy efficient double glazing allowing for flexible ventilation. It boasts a green roof to enhance insulation and assist with drainage. The scheme achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.
The development pushed many boundaries in terms of height, complexity and method of construction. Due to Hackney’s commitment to sustainable building, timber was the preferred core structural component for the project. The first of its kind, the building’s unique twisted design required a complex hybrid structure to maximise on efficiency and sustainability. The innovative complex geometry of the plan did not lend itself to being built purely in timber, therefore a steel frame and concrete core were paired with the CLT.
Use of Timber
Using a solid cross-laminated timber structure, manufactured off-site, the building is one of the tallest of its kind in Europe. The cross laminated elevations are clad in FSC certified, natural, self-finishing, impregnated western red cedar.
Celebrating Construction Awards 2015, Innovation
Housing Design Awards 2017, Shortlisted
Hackney Design Awards 2016, Winner
International Property Awards 2014, Shortlisted
Off Site Awards 2015, Winner of Winners; Best Hybrid Construction Project
London Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2015, Home or Development of Outstanding Architectural Merit
Structural Awards 2016, Shortlisted
Structural Timber Awards 2015, Shortlisted
The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2014, Commendation