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:

  • St Mary of Eton Church Mixed Use Development - new housing surrounding a refurbished Grade II* listed church wiht new community facilities
  • 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:

  • 17-21 Wenlock Road - housing with four courtyards giving direct visual connections to the city whilst also fostering an intimate community experience.
  • The Arcade - a development of affordable rental and shared ownership homes surrounding a communal garden, built in vertical modules to encourage ownership and interaction.

Using 'leftover' spaces:

  • Spiral House - a single-storey house conceived as one wall, which wraps the boundary and spirals into the centre of the site
  • Tin House - making efficient use of an irregular site, this house is made up o finterconnecting 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:

  • Nightingale Lane - dramatic refurbishment of a typical 1930s semi. A carefully selected palette of materials is used throughout.
  • Trevelyan House - a contemporary re-design of a maisonette located in a classic 1950s Grade II listed Brutalist building designed by Denys Lasdun.
  • Raw House - refurbishment and extension of an existing Victorian terrace to create a light-filled home of industrial elegance.

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.