333 Kingsland Road London 2015–2020

Shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2022 this project combines an 11-storey apartment building providing 68 affordable homes and a 350-pupil primary school, with shops at street level. The relatively compact footprint of the residential tower frees up much of the site for the school and protects it from the noise and fumes from one of London’s busy arterial roads. The adjacent residential tower reads as both a landmark for the development as a whole and as a central European type apartment block with its covered loggia at street level.

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    The residential tower is located on Kingsland Road, one of Hackney’s busy arterial roads on the edge of a conservation area
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    The accommodation is 'pushed' to the edge of the site to carve out the largest possible courtyard play space for the School
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    It represents an exemplary approach to hybrid architecture combining different functions without losing the strengths of either the original educational or residential building typologies
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    The design uses the scale and composition of the apartment building's façades and arcades at the base to give weight to the building
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    A bench by the school entrance means that parents can sit in the sun and chat whilst waiting for their children at the end of the school day
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    Arcades create generous pavements and shelter from the sun and rain
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    Ground floor plan - The residential building's compact plan frees up the site for the School and its generous open-air courtyard playground
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    Floors are paired, with loggias carved out of the mass of brickwork
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    Generous windows allow a panoramic view over East London
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    Ninth floor plan - The plan of the building is molded – “pinched” and “twisted” – creating a solid convex curve as it turns a corner
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    Loggias mediate between household and city, providing generous outside space which far exceeds minimum standards
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    Tenth floor plan - The point block clusters eight apartments on a floor around a central octagonal stair, providing a total of 68 dual aspect one and two-bed apartments and duplex three-beds penthouse
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    The top of the tower is an open colonnade capped by a precast entablature with a communal roof terrace
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    The plan generates what appears to be a narrow point block on the south east corner
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    The richly coloured precast concrete is derived from the red sandstone aggregate and red sand used in the mix
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    The design uses the scale and composition of the tower’s façades and colonnades to give weight to the building
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    Loggias provide a dignified robustness and thresholds to inhabit
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    The concrete is heavily acid etched to reveal the texture of the aggregate, which emphasises the weight and detail of the concrete overhead
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    Model of Hackney New Primary School (left) and 333 Kingsland Road (right)


  • Appointment: 2015
  • Construction start: 2017
  • Completion: 2020
  • Area: 8,535m2
  • Budget: £26m
  • Sustainable credentials: Over 80% of classrooms meet the UDI requirements and Daylight Autonomy (sDA300) 75% of the halls, dining, PE spaces and libraries meet the UDI requirements and Daylight Autonomy (sDA300)
  • Form of contract: Bespoke
  • Client: Thornsett
  • Client: The Benyon Estate
  • Main Contractor: Thornsett Structures
  • Funding Authority: Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • User Group: Hackney New Primary School Trust
  • Structural Engineer: Techniker
  • MEP Engineers: Elementa
  • Planning Consultant: CMA Planning
  • Principal Designer: Potter Raper Partnership
  • Approved Inspector: MLM
  • Fire Consultant: BWC Fire
  • Acoustic Consultant: Pace Consult
  • Landscape Consultant: Tyler Grange
  • Transport Consultant: Phil Jones Associates
  • Air Quality Assessor: Peter Brett Associates
  • Planting: Jennifer Benyon Design
  • Project Manager: RLB
  • Artwork: Paul Morrison



  • Erich Mendelsohn Award for Brick Architecture, (Shortlisted) 2023
  • The International Architecture Award, Schools and Universities, (Winner) 2023
  • RIBA Client of the Year, (Winner) 2022
  • RIBA Neave Brown Award for Housing, (Winner) 2022
  • Inside Housing Development Awards, Best development - urban in London, (Shortlisted) 2022
  • RIBA Stirling Prize, (Shortlisted) 2022
  • RIBA National Award, (Winner) 2022
  • RIBA Regional Award, (Winner) 2022
  • Civic Trust Awards, (Winner) 2022
  • The Plan Awards, Mixed-Use, (Shortlisted) 2021
  • AJ Award, Mixed-Use, (Winner) 2021
  • AJ Award, Design of the Year, (Winner) 2021
  • New London Awards, Mixing, (Shortlisted) 2021
  • Brick Award, Urban Regeneration, (Winner) 2021
  • Housing Design Awards, PRS Award, (Winner) 2021
  • Hackney Design Awards, Main Category, (Commendation) 2020
  • Hackney Design Awards, Young People's Choice Award, (Shortlisted) 2020
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