Client: Toynbee Housing Association and Galliford Try Partnership
Location: London, UK
Site: 0.2 ha
Program: 21 apartments and 10 houses in mixed tenure, 150 m2 commercial space
Cost: Euro 10,350,000
Chris Moller, Stock Woolstencroft
This project was initiated through several years of indepth design research together with Toynbee and the Housing and Urbanism post graduate unit at the Architecture Association. The task was to transform a post war housing area with poorly defined public spaces into an active urban setting. The total project combines 211 housing units of mixed tenure, with additional social infrastructure necessary to intensify this part of the East London borough of Tower Hamlets. The subsequent urban framework for three mixed-use buildings seeks to create a new and clear urban fabric that adds to the urban context by inserting a community centre and retail units along a busy pedestrian link to the DLR station. A key challenge in inner city living is how one can provide the necessary amenity spaces for large families within a secure domestic setting. In an area under transformation accommodating change is necessary in order to sustain an active urban setting.
Our design proposal for Block 3 is a new interpretation of the terrace house typology. Our proposal pulls in all the traditional forms of amenity, public space, car parking, and private gardens into one building envelope, in a form that covers the extent of the site boundaries. By locating the car, garden, stairs, and bathrooms in strategic locations, the house can be reorganised to accomodate different uses. Firstly, the different types of outdoor space create a potential to divide the house up into apartments or to separate the ground floor from the upper floors. Secondly, strips of accomodation on the front and back of the upper floors also allow for them to be adapted as living rooms, work spaces or bedrooms.