Loudoun and Nelson House wind baffles

Loudoun and Nelson House wind baffles


This project was part of a wider Estate Regeneration Scheme being implemented in two phases for Loudoun and Nelson House. Architects Stride Treglown designed the landscape scheme and proposed a series of concrete wind baffles to deal with the strong winds along the footpath to the building.

The concrete wind baffles are 3m high and 2m wide and are installed along both sides of the path leading to the main entrance of the apartment building in a staggered formation. Initially we considered painting the walls but Grant Radford from Acrylicize proposed to install a laminated dibond material onto them which could be printed with any design. To add a layer of texture and interest he also developed the designs to include laser cut corten steel and fluorescent paint which only becomes visible at night.

The history of Butetown, associated with the docks, influenced the theme of maps and navigation. Layered over this concept of street and star maps are symbols and images relating to residents' individual stories, memories and anecdotes, as well as famous people from the area.

The twelve signs of the zodiac are spread across the wind baffles and the palette of colours is taken from the night sky from pale pink to deep midnight blue. Each wind baffle tells a personal or historical story, for instance Aquarius features sea birds, referencing a resident who feeds them from her window; Capricorn refers to Shirley Bassey; Virgo features the wistful mermaid of Mermaid Quay and one resident's story about the angel spotted on the roof of the Welsh Church.

The work was completed in May 2016 and has had very positive feedback from the residents.