Nunhead Green

Background and Brief

A private developer came to us having purchased a corner site with a 16 metre frontage looking south onto Nunhead Green. Also looking onto the Green is a huge mock-tudor pub from the thirties. An antique dealer had been using a rag bag of incoherent buildings on the site, but was retiring. The side road frontage leading down to Nunhead Library, a turn of the century Passmore Edwards building, was 38 metres.


The non-residential elements were placed on the ground floor in a wide terrace arrangement with three sets of common stairs leading up to six flats on the first floor and further maisonette flat on the upper floors. On researching the history of the area, we discovered that Gandolfi cameras were originally made in Nunhead. These are still produced elsewhere from timber and metal, which seemed appropriate materials to compliment the diverse architecture around the Green. The architectural resolution of the curved corner was to have a roll of vertical boarded timber to first and second floor level. To Gordon Road the scale reduces, reflecting the scale of the street. The ground floor is recessed visually, creating good safe thresholds to the street, while the roof is a series of articulated viewing apertures. Photographic artworks compliment the project that won planning approval in May 2005 at appeal. The scheme has since been built by a new owner, as seen in the pictures,  without any further involvement by Quay2c.


Site with existing buildings


Elevation to Gordon Road


Detail of Siberian Larch cladding, Elevation from Gordon Road looking up towards Green and Interior Top Flat

Nunhead Green

Client /

Private Developer

Project /

Nunhead Green, London SE15
Mixed Use Development of B1 Industrial, Live/Work, Office + 12 Flats

Date /

April 2002 - May 2005

Budget /


Further Info /

/ 2c Kings Grove, Peckham, London SE 15 2NB / T 0207 771 1600 / E