The second phase of the Fitzrovia Apartments completes the redevelopment of the former site of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in central London. The project celebrates city living in a mixed-use, high-density urban development near Regent’s Park.
HOK’s “people-first” design integrates amenities that make a neighborhood desirable. The building includes 100 units of market-rate and affordable housing, contemporary office space, parking and an outpatient orthopedic clinic.
The building is arranged around two attractively landscaped courtyards. In a nod to the site’s healthcare history, its primary facades are composed of Spanish limestone that integrates public art in the form of colored glass fins depicting abstract images of MRI scans. Vertical bay windows fabricated from anodized aluminum and glass accent the building. To reflect the sun and maximize light, elevations overlooking the courtyards are clad in light zinc tiles.
The hospital’s former waiting hall—a 1927-listed building—is connected to the apartment’s building’s main entrance on Bolsover Street. The team preserved the historic structure’s Roman Classical architectural character while creating more than 3,000 square feet of office space.
Sustainable design strategies include ground-source heat pumps, biofuel boilers, and green walls and roofs.