16 Winchester Walk
Situated at the heart of the Borough High Street conservation area, the design of 16 Winchester Walk draws on a heritage of warehouses and wharfs, using existing brickwork, timber beams and columns, and reinterpreting original loading bays with Juliette balconies.
A defining – but subtle – quality of 16 Winchester Walk is its technical complexity. Sited over a Scheduled Ancient Monument – the medieval Winchester Palace – the lightweight steel and timber structure inserted within the gutted building’s retained brick walls had to spring from unevenly spaced existing foundations.
Despite an especially irregular structural grid, the apartments at second and third floors, the first floor offices, and the Hawksmoor restaurant, are cleverly planned, resulting in generous spaces that enjoy the best of modern design – but also feel very much a part of historic Southwark.