Haddo Yard, U.K. By Denizen Works

A distinct visual identity that enhanced by adventurous but contextual contemporary design.

Project Specs

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Denizen Works为开发商Arrant Land完成了住宅区设计Haddo Yard,该住宅街区包括7栋独具当代风格的公寓建筑。该住宅项目位于肯特郡惠特斯特布尔地区,这里曾经是一片平房聚集区。小说家Somerset Maugham也曾居住在这里,该住区项目的名字Haddo便来自于他的小说《魔术师》中的角色“Oliver Haddo”。Haddo项目旨在通过将当代建筑融入历史街区的手法,打造全新的居住形式。

Denizen Works have completed their first housing scheme, Haddo Yard, a new-build block of seven contemporary apartments for developer Arrant Land. The project, on the site of a former bungalow, is located in Whitstable, Kent and takes it’s name from Oliver Haddo, a character in former resident Somerset Maugham’s novel, ‘The Magician’. Haddo Yard forms part of a series of projects initiated by Arrant Land that seek to explore how a town with a distinct visual identity can be enhanced by adventurous but contextual contemporary design. 

▼建筑全貌,view of the architecture


Civic Presence


Haddo Yard occupies a prominent position on the street, directly opposite the main train station, and mediates between a small shopping parade to the east and residential buildings to the west. This role is expressed through the articulation of the facing materials, with a light brick base tying the building into the scale of the adjacent shops and dark bricks forming the upper floors and base at the west end of the site. The visual distinction between contrasting brickwork is accentuated through the cantilevered upper floors and deep inset communal entrance. 

▼深色砖墙作为主体,底层浅色砖墙作为与相邻建筑的呼应,light brick base tying the building into the scale of the adjacent shops and dark bricks forming the upper floors

▼由不同色调砖块所营造的视觉差异通过内凹入口表现的淋漓尽致,the visual distinction between contrasting brickwork is accentuated through the deep inset communal entrance




The distinctive character of the building takes its cues from the local context, with the dark brick gables evoking the forms and tones of the black timber fishing huts that are synonymous with the town. Bespoke tiles, referencing the faience tiles in evidence throughout the town, have been designed to reference the triangular gable motif, with each tile comprising of three miniature gables mirroring the pitch of the main roof. These tiles provide decorative relief to the principal, public facing elevation, recognising the presence of the building within the public setting. Hand-made oak entrance doors and bronze anodised window frames were chosen to complement the tones of the brickwork and reinforce the sense of quality expressed throughout the building. 

▼建筑于环境中突显,the house outstanding among the surroundings

▼手工打造的橡木门,hand-made oak entrance door

▼立体三角形切面砖既是对山形屋顶的呼应,bespoke tiles have been designed to reference the triangular gable motif



To the rear, private elevation, an economy of detail and material is exercised, with exposed downpipes and blind panels clad in brick off -cuts, laid in a herringbone pattern. The bright, contemporary interiors are given a coastal character through the introduction of MDF matchboarding, which forms a 900mm high datum around the rooms, visually tying together the garden planters, kitchen joinery and window transoms. Exposed screed floors add texture and provide a counterpoint to the simple white room linings. 

▼建筑背面,the private elevation

▼人形堆砌的砖块来自建筑边角料,blind panels clad in brick off -cuts laid in a herringbone pattern




Through the thoughtful re-use of excess site material and re-imagination of cheap, readily available building products, the landscape is afforded a level of consideration in keeping with the quality expressed throughout the building.  Referencing the materials and textures of the sea walls found along the coastline, a thick concrete wall, constructed from corrugated sheet metal formwork, provides a sculptural and robust boundary edge to accommodate planting, services and the bin store and act as informal seating. Grasscrete slabs form the car-park surface and have been filled with a mixture of grass and contrasting resin-bound aggregate to define a distinct geometric pattern to complement the triangular motif found throughout the project. Left over bricks were re-appropriated as garden steps and off -the-shelf lintels were used to form the paving to the communal gardens. To the three private gardens associated with the ground floor flats, 900mm timber planters with integrated seating provide a visual extension of the internal matchboard datum to define patio areas and separate the plots. 

▼花池和门牌细部,planter and door plate



Cost, Collaboration and Working Relationships


A truly collaborative approach to the delivery of the project has been essential in facilitating a modest build cost of £1750/sq.m. As there was no traditional tender process construction details and the interior specification could be developed from first principles in collaboration with Arrant Land, ensuring that quality was delivered in the most economic means possible.  This collaboration and a desire to tap into the skill and expertise of local trade has enabled a greater degree of bespoke detailing than typically afforded on housing projects. From the kitchen joinery, front doors and ironmongery down to the painting of the door numbers, using local trade has added a layer of richness to the project that reinforces the sense of place and identity without compromising either cost or time. 

▼住宅内部不同色调材料表现出对立的和谐,different tones shows a contract


▼素白的空间营造滨海氛围,the bright contemporary interiors are given a coastal character



▼从餐厅望向后院,view from dining room to the backyard


The ambition for Haddo Yard was to create a distinctive and contemporary expression of local identity. The finished building not only asserts a bold and confident presence within its context but also stands as testament to the practice’s commitment to collaborative working practice and its ability to deliver high quality architecture within tight constraints. 

▼夜色中的建筑,architecture in the night

▼底层平面图,the ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,the first floor plan

▼三层平面图,the second floor plan

▼屋顶平面图,roof plan



▼外墙细部,external wall detail

Location Whitstable, Kent
Type of project New build block of seven apartments
Client Arrant Land with Peech and Pear
Architect Denizen Works
Structural Engineer Morph Structures
Main Contractor Yellowjack
Approved Inspectors Harwood
SAP/EPC Assessor Blink Architecture
Start on site date May 2016
Completion date July 2017
Contract duration 13 months
Gross internal oor area 458 sq.m
Form of contract and/or procurement Bespoke
Contract Contract value £800,000
Tiles Darwen Terracotta
Kitchens Moosejaw Woodworks
Zinc roo ng Bellzinc
Windows IdealCombi
Steelwork DV Fabs Ltd
Stairs Faversham Joinery

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