Scale and density: 374 homes: 273 new and 101 refurbished, 200dph - first two phases of 765 home masterplan
Tenure: 51% affordable, 49% market sale
Status: Completed 2017
Awards: RIBA National Award 2018 RIBA London Award 2018 New London Award Mayor's Prize 2018
The first two phases of the Kings Crescent Estate masterplan involve the creation of 269 new homes and the refurbishment of 101 existing homes as well as significant public realm improvements.
Working with Henley Halebrown Architects, we have created three new buildings that vary in scale from 5 to 12 storeys in height. The design creates a fine balance between variety and consistency, alternating between the two architects to avoid the visual monotony of many estates designed by one hand whilst working within a robust masterplan framework.
The scheme has been informed by continuous and active engagement with local residents from the outset of the design process to ensure they would be positively impacted by the transformation of their estate.
A series of three courtyard blocks integrate new and refurbished buildings around landscaped communal gardens. A dynamic, people-focussed public realm and landscaped areas designed by Muf architecture/art lies at the heart of the scheme for residents and the wider community to enjoy. Well-overlooked streets and spaces now run through the site, extending to connect with the city and relink the estate with the wider community. A new central playstreet which is creatively furnished provides a clear and legible route to Clissold Park.
The architecture of the three new buildings aims to bridge the gap between strong, confident buildings fit for higher density living and fine grain detailing, with attention paid to proportion, scale and elegance.
Elevations, massing and detailing are intended to subtly respond to the variety of contexts including the surrounding late Victorian townscape of 19th-century terraced and semi-detached housing as well as the existing post-war estate buildings whilst maximising views of the park.
Both the refurbishment of existing buildings and development of new buildings have been carried out using a combination of elegant materials with robust, considered detailing to ensure the buildings sit comfortably in their varied context. Elevations of the new buildings are carefully detailed and crafted from high-quality brickwork, precast concrete sills and string courses as well as hardwood-framed timber shopfronts. Deep window reveals and a layered use of materials brings depth to the elevation while softer materials such as timber are used in areas where residents come into contact with the building such as entrances and balconies.
Communal entrance lobbies are clearly marked in the streetscape and have beautiful tenure-blind materials and detailing that celebrate social and circulation spaces.
Internally, homes have been designed from the inside out to ensure they are flexible and adaptable. Homes benefit from high ceilings with large, high-performance, anodised windows and doors providing access to recessed balconies and terraces which are envisioned as an extension of the living space. Family homes are located at roof level with generous open terraces.
Kings Crescent Estate forms a pivotal piece of the wider London Borough of Hackney's estate programme and demonstrates that local-authority led regeneration and the creation of high-quality, affordable housing is both achieveable and sustainable.
Lead Architect and Masterplanner: Karakusevic Carson Architects