: Structural Engineer: Ramtech Consulting Ltd, Steelwork: Echo Structures Ltd, Development Partner: Whitgift Estates, Landscape Design: Guarda LandscapeSet within a clearing of trees overlooking the High Weald AONB and Hargate Forest, Strawberry Close is a contemporary residential development of nine apartments that benefits from a sense of seclusion in this busy urban location.
The building form echoes the contours of the sloping site with tiered setbacks and organic curves creating terraces that extend the living spaces to outside, making the most of the far-reaching views. A palette of varied materials allows the buildings to further blend into their verdant surroundings. The robust earthy brick of the ground floor supports light vertical timber cladding and oversailing brick banding of the upper floors, which appears lightweight in contrast. Strawberry Close occupies a challenging, steeply sloped site in a sensitive setting, but the design embraces the challenges and uses them to create a unique and contextual building which enhances the locale and creates a subtle gateway to the forest.