Whitelock Street, Leeds
Public realm, courtyards and roof terrace landscapes for an urban redevelopment which provides a mix of student accommodation and artist studios at a gateway to Leeds city centre
The key drivers for the landscape layout are patterns of sunlight and circulation/use. This is a tall building and the courtyards will be shaded so the street and entrance foyer zones provide valuable opportunities for lively, sunny gathering spaces. The streetscape fronting the art studios contrasts with a more secluded landscape enclosing the student rooms to the west.
The two courtyards to the rear of the building share a lush shady character in which rain gardens complement the striking forms of seating, walls, art and paving: one contains the car park and principal ramped entrance for students; the other has terraces for seating alongside the café and Sheepscar Beck to the north.
A sunny sociable roof terrace is accessed from a suite of student communal spaces on the 6th floor.