East was one of six finalists in the first phase of the Circle 33/Architecture Foundation ‘Innovation in Housing’ competition and shortlisted to take part in the second stage.
Towards Victoria Park the building is low; public and private spaces are organized within a horizontal mesh at two levels. On the street side it is tall; a vertical mesh makes an edge to the road junction.
Repetition of structure, construction and servicing systems and a sustainable view of housing infrastructure provision contribute to cost efficiency and low environmental impact. The spatial organisation gives the effect of a carpet of mews houses that rise up vertically when the space runs out.
Public and private spaces are located at the edges of the building next to a semi-public footway. Residential uses are set above public uses such as a bicycle repair shop and a café. The building is clad in timber; dark on the outside and light in the inside mews spaces.
The proposal captures many of our recurring interests, to design a building that is place specific and engaged with the city, offering clarity and generosity in use, and good public and private relationships.
Location: Tower Hamlets, London
Client: Architecture Foundation
Project status: Competition 2003