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Claredale Street by Karacusevic Carson

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More Homes, Better Homes: The AJ presents twelve exemplar housing schemes

Claredale Street forms phase one of the Mansford Estate masterplan. The site occupies the former Bradley House, a Denys Lasdun-designed 1960s slab block, adjacent to the listed Keeling House.

The neighbouring Victorian terraces and warehousing provided a scale and material reference to deliver family homes and medium density socially rented and shared ownership homes consisting of 1-4 bedroom homes, including resident gardens, private courtyards and defensible frontages. The design references the local urban grain, through scale, detailing and material selection.

The house types create an active frontage and, where they turn corners, the gable elevations help provide passive surveillance and a more coherent streetscape. The three-storey properties are designed to offer a variety of heights and roof profiles to help stitch the homes in to the neighbourhood. The robust detailing and materials selected also referenced the adjacent buildings with careful selection of quality brick, roofing types, and window and balcony openings referring to the Victorian proportions.

Paul Karakusevic, director, Karakusevic Carson

Recommendation: Armour Close, London, by Islington Council architects

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I like the scheme in Armour Close, London N7, by Islington Council. It is a series of four houses on a wasted space site, providing new homes for the council on a very low budget. They are simple, elegant house types with double-height space and a ground floor layout that makes the most of a very constrained site. The enclosed side garden works well with all the key rooms overlooking the space.

Although not normally a fan of white render, I can see the benefits in this project in helping to ensure well-lit internal and external spaces. It is also great to see a local authority take the lead on building homes rather than selling the land to private developers who then take the profit and return little social benefit.

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