Arnold Road London 2016–

The scheme commissioned by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets creates 62 affordable homes in two mid-rise apartment buildings. 75% are family three and four-bedroom homes and 80% dual aspect. The design of each apartment and private balcony establishes a real parity between inside and outside space which is difficult to achieve without a house and garden and a very rare commodity in multistorey “mass” housing.

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    The design proposes two heavy masonry buildings surrounded by interconnecting courtyards and gardens that the buildings shape
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    Model of south building - its heavy masonry façades incorporate recessed balcony terraces. Each apartment is planned around one of these terraces
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    The design breaks what might have been one long block into two buildings permitting morning and afternoon light to penetrate between the buildings
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    Together the buildings frame an entrance courtyard designed to encourage residents to meet and talk, and children to play together
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    Physical models were used to study the character of the interconnecting courtyards and gardens
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    The plan maximizes the number of dual aspect flats within an optimum repeating floorplate to simplify the design and construction
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    All 62 apartments are planned around a terrace like a courtyard house. The terraces characterize the strong connection each apartment has with the “outside world”
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    Brick and precast concrete façades mirror the monumental Victorian engineering of the adjacent railway viaduct
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    Ground floor studio workspace activates and animates the street frontages of the buildings


  • Appointment: 2016
  • Budget: £18.5 million
  • Client: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Landscape Architect: Vogt
  • Planning Consultant: Treanor Consulting
  • Acoustic Engineer: Max Fordham LLP
  • Structural Engineer: Price and Myers
  • Project Manager: Potter Raper Partnership



  • Housing Design Awards, Project Category, (Shortlisted) 2020
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