A housing regeneration project that collaborates with its residents and artists to create spaces with romance and delight for all to enjoy
Regenerating our post-war estates is a nation-wide challenge, and the Ayelsbury Estate is no exception. The big question for architects is how we retain and enhance existing communities, whilst providing more and better homes. We are collaborating with two other architects (HTA and Mae) to design and deliver the first 840 homes within the Aylesbury masterplan. We were commissioned specifically to design Plot 4, and also test HTA’s Master Plan Design Code.
The Big Idea
Plot 4 will provide 220 homes, across multiple tenures including market sale, intermediate and target rent housing- as well as private rented (PRS) apartments. The four separate tenures are divided into a series of perimeter blocks enclosing a shared podium courtyard. A tower with a rooftop garden marks the corner of Portland Street and Albany Road, and mansion blocks complete the courtyard form. Breaks between the blocks allow sunlight into the courtyard and provide residents with views across to Burgess Park.
A series of maisonettes form a perimeter at ground level, which together with the shared entrance lobbies help to activate the street and link to the raised garden podium. Above the maisonettes, generously sized lateral apartments all have access to sunlight and views.
The Small Detail
The aesthetic is inspired by the well-crafted, but calm, high-density residential architecture of London before the 1960s with its exact proportion, clean lines, and a celebration of detail, richness of material and texture. At Aylesbury, detail and ornament is used to add romance, human scale and drawing an emotional response from residents and passers-by.
An Artist's Perspective
The design embraces crafted brickwork and allows for collaboration with artists through a series of cast ‘mandalas’ within the facades and balconies that will tell the story of the local area and create space for romance and delight.
We have been working with Notting Hill Housing, Creation Trust and Aylesbury Estate residents on an art project to integrate memory and meaning into the design. This project is currently underway under the title ‘Our Aylesbury’.