Lynch Architects

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Nova Place SW1

This urban block (Nova Place) and new office building (Nova East) was originally commissioned by Land Securities in 2007. Nova Place incorporates a mix of retail units, offices and housing on Victoria Street in central London. It forms part of a masterplan called 'Nova' that includes buildings by Benson and Forsythand PLP. We aim to create a fine setting for the listed Victoria Palace Theatre, unifying it as part of a cohesive city block with common materials and architectural details.

Nova Place is a new mixed-use building comprising of a new public library and a mixture of Social Needs Rented and Market Housing. We also provide ventilation for the tube station and fire escapes, all discretely housed in the long side elevation. A Listed 1930s Pawnbrokers is moved from Victoria Street and incorporated into the rear of the site. The South-facing layered facade protects inhabitants from solar-gain and acts as an ornamental vertical frieze housing terraces, balconies, and art works - re-asserting the civic character of the island of historic buildings.

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