Inspired by the Almshouse tradition, this development of single storey dwellings in Barking, East London, shows how modern architecture is capable of interpreting a traditional building form. The regular rhythm of the chimneys and repeated elevation details work very well, and the surrounding landscaping is designed to provide meeting spaces for the elderly residents.
While the houses were built for the borough’s ageing population, the intention is that the scheme will have a knock-on effect, releasing larger council houses for families.
The combination of the pitched tiled roofs, chimneys, and bay windows is intended to reference typical suburban housing, while slight variations in interior layout give each household the opportunity for personalisation.
This demonstrates that thoughtful design can provide high-quality social housing on a budget, unlocking land and other properties at a time when accommodation is the biggest challenge facing all London boroughs.
The full article can be read on the DeZeen website.
Previously reeling from the demise of the local post office and the loss of the bus route into town, villagers are innovating, expanding and looking for improved services.
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The elevations to Marsh Gibbon show a single storey barn typology which reflects and edge of centre vernacular in this rural village. The farmhouse design of the houses can either be single family homes or ‘quarter homes’ containing 4 x one bed apartments, designed as starter homes.
Our project in Marsh Gibbon near Bicester within Aylesbury Vale, features:
- an Almshouse type terrace for downsizers and starter homes
- two blocks of quarter homes that appear like farmhouses, configured internally as 4 x one and two bedroom apartments
- a planned pocket orchard
- space to grow food with gardens of manageable size for those downsizing
- further open green space within the development for homeowners to enjoy, without the need to maintain themselves
- enhanced biodiversity of the land’s current status through the planting and protecting of an orchard, other native species of trees and hedgerows
Can the cottage typology become a way of adding on to villages in a way that isn’t the developer method of taking a field, putting roads on it and cramming houses on?
Continue reading “What defines a cottage?”