Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

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?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • 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.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.