Pocket Rotunda London 2014–

This research project was made in response to a call for new thinking in the design of small inner city apartments for low-income families. It is guided by two principles: firstly, that an apartment should not be compromised by function and could, like Palladio’s Villa Rotunda, be “ideal”; and secondly, that homes should form part of an “intentional” community.

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    The design creates an enfilade of spaces, the intention being that residents enjoy the simple generosity and flexibility of their home
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    The plan shares the biaxial symmetry of the Villa Rotunda and offers a layout well suited to a range of different households be they a couple, a young family, a single-parent household or two people sharing
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    The apartment is symmetrical with a central living space and two identically sized, proportioned and related flanking (bed)rooms. There is no circulation and the kitchen, bathroom and storage are planned to be discreet
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    This shows the flexibility of the design to accommodate a range of activities; a shower room or bathroom; and different types of outside space
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    Apartments form part of a “Co-Tower” with shared facilities - rooftop clubhouse and garden, common workspace and spare bedrooms - for the residents cross-subsidised by the efficient planning of each home


  • Appointment: 2014
  • Client: Pocket Living
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