Jun 30, 2008

Robin Hood Gardens Design Competition: The Results

The top entries in BD and the Architecture Foundation’s ideas competition for Robin Hood Gardens show that inspired refurbishment of the estate can give it a new vibrancy while reaching the required density levels.

Winner: Zoran Radivojevic Cazenove Architects

The buildings are treated as giant carcasses that allow parts of the structure to be removed and new, lighter structures to be added. These extensions could house work studios or retail space. Some flats are also removed and the hollows used either as public space or let out as business units. Circulation is via a new set of externally attached ramps and stairwells.

Second place: Bruce Newlands Kraft Architecture & Mike Hyatt Landscape Architects

An engineered timber skin envelops one side of the existing blocks, providing more generous terrace space. It also extends upwards, creating an extra two storeys of community space on the roof. There are a total of 2,500 homes, a mix of high-density, low-rise housing, together with low-rise commercial and community facilities.

Third place: Ben Addy Moxon Architects

The architect wants to have as little impact as possible on the Smithsons’ masterplan, maintaining the green space and turning existing thoroughfares into tree-lined avenues. The concrete acoustic barrier on the eastern side is removed to open up the streetscape with retail units, cafés and market stalls. New medium- and low-rise blocks have planted facades and window boxes.(to find out more..)

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