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DESIGNS ON KING'S CROSS

Tom Coward, Geoff Shearcroft, Daisy Froud

How can the generous amenity and do-it yourself potential of the suburban family home be incorporated in the high-density housing planned for King's Cross? We propose a 12storey 'garden wall' enclosing a south-facing landscape of variegated residential blocks, private gardens and communal courtyards.

Double-aspect one- to four-bed homes are grouped around convenient cores, with glazed winter gardens to the north and deep patios behind a vegetated screen to the south. These inhabited facades provide 'gardens' ripe for appropriation and environmental buffers.

The full-height growing wall gives a formal collective identity to the housing, while encouraging the residents to personalise the individual homes.

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