Brooks Road Estate, Plaistow, London, UK- 2003/4
Shortlisted RIBA competition entry for 200 housing units in Plaistow, East London. £8.6m budget cost.
Spaces in between buildings within the existing Brooks Road Estate were barren landscapes and buildings were detached from their surroundings. Retained low-rise housing received 'saddlebag' structures providing terraces and additional internal accommodation.
We also proposed a number of measures to break down the scale of the urban plan. Courts were created, seen as a transition zone between street and dwelling. These were demarcated by changes in material to create a psychological as opposed to a physical boundary. A 'canalisation' of the streets within the scheme created an intensification of existing roads which became homezones, removing the unobserved arterial paths that covered the existing zone.