Design for living

We all have ideas about what makes a good home in terms of its design.

Demand for housing has always been one of the capital's most pressing issues. With London’s current population of 8 million ageing and expanding in the next 20 years, we need design solutions for homes that meet the long-term requirements of their occupants.

Open House London shows you how architects are turning the constraints of limited space, reuse of existing structures and restricted budgets to create outstanding and sustainable homes. More than ever before the creativity of the architect is key to finding the best solutions to suit our individual and collective needs.

Contemporary insertions:

  • Silchester Estate - New development of 112 mixed tenure homes, community and retail facilities delivered by Peabody and RBKC. Designed around a communal garden and integrating an existing 20-storey tower within a new urban block. Public sculpture by Nathan Coley.
  • Darbishire Place - a new block of 13 homes which completes an ensemble of six housing blocks surrounding an internal courtyard. The facade complements the existing Victorian buildings.

Shared spaces for living:

  • St John's Hill - Regeneration of a 1930s Peabody estate in Battersea. Three-phase redevelopment will replace existing 351 homes with 528 new ones, high quality landscaping, new pedestrian avenue from Clapham Junction station to Wandsworth Common, commercial space and new community hub.
  • Elizabeth House - The development of 115 apartments for social, shared ownership and private sale in a 13-storey tower including car park and podium gardens.

Using 'leftover' spaces:

  • Tin House - making efficient use of an irregular site, this house is made up of interconnecting pavilions around a quiet private courtyard.
  • Courtyard House - a timber-frame house designed around four courtyards. A black clad exterior gives way to a light open-plan interior with flexible living space.

Refurbishing our existing homes:

  • Clock House - A revitalised 1960s mid-terrace building in Finsbury Park, with a brick and timber extension, remodelled interior and glazed facade tiles, that showcases hardwearing and timeless materials.
  • Canopy House - Modern conversion of a Victorian house featuring a black brick rear extension with an oak clad canopy and an oriel window seat.
  • Wistaston Cottage - A new two-storey timber rear extension to a Gothic revival semi-detached house. Shortlisted for the AJ Small Projects Award and RIBA London Award 2016.

New housing models & structures:

  • Hackney's Timber Buildings - a cluster of three of the most significant timber buildings in the world just a short walk apart, including Stadthaus, at 9 storeys the world's tallest timbe apartment block.
  • Courtyard Housing - a housing typology developed to suit the needs of the over 55s community, derived from distilling the key elements of traditional almshouses.

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