This project represents one of a series of brown field developments on London's South Bank by Coin Street Community Builders. The site is an urban block located behind the National Theatre on London's South Bank. Haworth Tompkins won a limited competition to develop a master plan to develop proposals for the first phase of development to provide 59 new dwellings, including 32 family houses and a mix of smaller flats and maisonettes over a 200-place car park.
“The buildings really are exceptional by any local authority, housing association or housing charity standards, a breath of fresh air in polluted inner London”
Jonathan Glancey, The Guardian
The challenge for all inner-city housing is to reconcile the civic presence demanded by the urban setting with the privacy demanded but the domestic function. In response to this the dwellings are arranged as terraces onto the streets forming an open courtyard in the centre of the site which provides a secure communal landscaped garden for the residents.
The materials and architectural treatment acknowledges the public and private faces of the development, addressing the street and the courtyard and in very different ways. The street facades are expressed as simple brick screens with deep window reveals, whilst the courtyard elevations are a more informal composition of gardens, balconies and timber cladding which can be occupied by the residents and evolve and age over time with the courtyard landscape.
Address: Coin Street, South Bank, London
Completion Date: August 2004
Construction Cost: £12.9M
Client: Coin Street Community Builders / Coin Street Secondary Housing Co-operative
Contractor: The Mansell Group
Structural Engineer: Price and Myers LLP
Services Engineer: Atelier Ten
Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon
Landscape Architect: Camlin Lonsdale
Blueprint Awards : Best Residential Building
RFAC Building of the Year (Shortlisted)
English Partnerships Regeneration Award
Housing Design Award (Completed Scheme)
RIBA Award (London Region)