• Architecture
  • Housing

Loudoun Road, Camden


We were tasked with designing a residential building to achieve the key principles of Passivhaus; not only to radically reduce overall energy consumption and therefore residents’ bills, but to create comfortable and easy-to-run homes. From the outset, our client was committed to this as a flagship project for environmental performance.

Our challenge was to deliver high quality energy efficiency to a large-scale apartment building. Walls became thicker to allow necessary levels of insulation; homes were carefully oriented to gather natural warmth from the sun and reduce heating needs; shading devices were fixed to windows and overhanging balconies to help prevent overheating; and an effective air tightness strategy entailed triple glazed windows. Once residents had moved into their homes, we carried out a post-occupancy evaluation on the building – not only to ensure it was performing as it should, but also to help us learn lessons to inform future housing work. We found that our efforts to make the building airtight and highly insulated have paid off – residents are enjoying highly efficient and comfortable homes.

Project Details:

Pushing the boundaries of design to deliver sustainable, low energy homes on a large scale.

Client: Origin Housing Group

Construction Value: £5m

Completion: 2012

Location: Camden


  • British Homes Awards 2013, Affordable Housing Development of the Year: Commended
  • Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2013, Best Small Development: Winner
  • Camden Design Awards 2013, People’s Choice Award: Shortlisted
  • Camden Design Awards 2013, Quality for Life: Shortlisted
  • What House? Awards 2013, Best Sustainable Development: Silver
  • Housing Design Awards 2010, Project: Shortlisted

Image: Tim Crocker