Innovative housing design (from 1969)

Yesterday I was delivering in Rowley Way, Kilburn, an award winning and Grade II listed architectural estate. Hearing more about it, and speaking to a former resident of the place, it made me think is this the kind of innovative architecture we need more of in the UK?

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Yes, the estate has its problems and the concrete façade is not what many would now choose, but it has the following:

  • Fantastic use of living space inside the flats
  • Flats designed to maximise the natural light
  • Pedestrianised streeting, which encourages children to play on the streets
  • Balcony space for all flats

I’m not suggesting replica estates / designs, but it’s an example of trying to use space more creatively that could tackle the housing problem in Hampstead and Kilburn as well as the UK.

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