Gabriel Square
Meyer Homes
 
 
Contemporary and simplistic design
The Times called Gabriel Square a modern-day answer to the Barbican, aimed at a hip out of London buyer.
Photography by Emanuelis Stasaitis and Luke Hayes
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Situated within a 5 minute walk from St Albans City station, the Gabriel Square development, by Meyer Homes, consists of 52 townhouses and 28 apartments arranged around a new generously landscaped garden square. Each home is complimented by a sequence of gardens, balconies, terraces and roof terraces.

Conran and Partners’ design approach reinforces the relationship between these indoor and outdoor spaces. Responding seamlessly to the contemporary architecture by Benson Forsyth, a sequence of harmonious spaces has been created using vertical and horizontal connections.
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The four-storey townhouses are based on a relatively tall and narrow plan. We therefore sought to develop lateral and vertical connections that would tie different levels together, whilst enhancing the quality of natural light throughout.

This approach has resulted in the creation of modern, open homes within a townhouse typology that contrasts with traditional cellular living and aims to bring apartment design into a townhouse setting.
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Circulation routes are wide and generous, creating a fluid relationship between the key living spaces that enhances the sense of volume and connectivity. Staircases double as lightwells, bringing sunlight deep into the heart of the homes. A number of townhouses also incorporate double-height kitchens, emphasising the volume and creating playful volumetric shifts and surprises.
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‘While the townhouses feature a calm, purist aesthetic, the apartments have a subtle mid-century modern influence throughout, typified by more graphic and youthful design touches’
 
Simon Kincaid | Partner, Conran and Partners
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A soft, calming palette of materials was chosen, with oak staircases and flooring in the main living spaces, pale tones deployed throughout, with subtle textural shifts. This finish references the stone of the development itself, as well as the limestone used to construct the city’s cathedral.

The apartments – which range from one- to four-bedrooms – explore similar themes within a more limited footprint. Here, too, connections with outdoor space and the garden square help to liberate the interiors
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Gabriel Square featured in The Sunday Times
Awards
 
 
 
Evening Standard New Homes Award
Best out of London home
 
2018
Gabriel Square
Winner
 
 
What House?
Best House
 
2017
Gabriel Square
Winner
 
 
What House?
Best Interior Design
 
2017
Gabriel Square
Winner
 
 
Blueprint Awards
Best Non-Public Project: Residential
 
2017
Gabriel Square
Shortlisted
 
 
Sunday Times British Homes Award
Home of the year
 
2017
Gabriel Square
Winner
 
 
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