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Peter Barber finishes ‘stepping stone’ houses

[FIRST LOOK] Peter Barber Architects has completed this terrace of three single-bedroom ‘courtyard houses’ in the rear garden of its St Mungo’s homeless project in north London

The houses will provide ‘stepping stone’ accommodation for homeless people trying to progress from hostel life into their own independent homes.

Practice founder Barber said: ‘It is the latest in a series of quite unusual and radical buildings produced by [us] within the homeless sector over the last decade.’

Readers' comments (2)

  • A] No plans?

    B] Although the houses are furnished there's no privacy control (e.g. curtains?) in the bedrooms overlooked by the adjoining building

    C] To open the window in the bedroom you have to lean over the balustrade - not very safe.

    D] The ground floor windows appear to give a view out of people's legs...

    E] And to cap it all wouldn't it be much more sensible for people going into "halfway house" accommodation to live in something much more conventional - e.g. a developer's noddy box?

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  • Surely one of aim of good architecture is to give its inhabitants a feeling of wellbeing. Some members of society are in more need of this feeling than others so what better accommodation for these people than something which will clearly deliver on this aim.

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