Urban housing, Finsbury Park,
London, UK, 2008

The project involved the complete redevelopment of an urban site on the edge of Finsbury Park in north London. Three new urban villas of varying height are arranged around a shared space and treated as a tightly knit cluster, continuing the typology of villas on Seven Sisters Road and providing forty-four one- to four- bedroom apartments for mixed tenure.

Unlike much affordable housing, the buildings feel solid and substantial: brickwalls are arranged in piers between full height window assemblies with a structure of concrete flat slab and columns.

The faint forms of bay windows and setbacks suggest familiarity with the surroundings and lends the buildings a sense of permanence reminiscent of the nineteenth century villas that exist in this area of London.

Project duration: 2004-2008
Contract value: £4.8 million
Gross internal area: 2,709m2

RIBA award 2009
Nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award 2009
Shortlisted for Housing Design Awards 2009
Affordable Home Ownership Award 2009 

Photographs: Stefan Müller