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Planning approval for 'kosher’ East End scheme

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] London-based Inter Urban Studios has won planning permission for this mixed-use scheme in East London

Designed for Jewish residents who keep to a strict kosher lifestyle, the scheme includes eight flats and six ‘duplex’ shops with ground floors and basements.

This includes separate ‘eat-in’ kitchens so women can dine separately, double sinks – one for dairy and another for meat – and washing facilities near the dining room.

The scheme by the emerging practice also features roof terraces which convert to sukkahs – a temporary structure used during a week-long celebration of Moses’ journey through the desert. The palm-clad structure is designed in remembrance of the shelters which Moses stayed in during his journey.

Describing the sukkahs, the architect Micah Sarut, said: ‘Many flat-dwelling Orthodox and Chasidic/Lubavich families often construct a structure that is both a hassle and unsightly on balconies and this aims to address these challenges. There is already a tradition of architectural design competitions for [these structures] in New York and Israel which produce all kinds of interesting solutions.’

Kosher housing

Project data

Location Hackney, London
Type of project mixed-use commercial and residential
Architect Inter Urban Studios
Client private
Tender date June 2014
Start on site date August 2014
Contract duration 18 months, 2 phases
Gross internal floor area 606m² commercial, 522m² residential, 1,128m² total
Form of contract traditional
Annual CO2 emissions: 35 tonne/year commercial (11 tonne/yr excluding unregulated) and 16 tonne/year residential (6 tonne/year excluding unregulated)
Specific environmental targets BREEAM Very Good and Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes

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