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Old Kent Road

Mixed use residential project

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Project Type

Landscape, Sustainability



London, UK


This mixed use South London residential project; including a place of worship, retail and workspace, incorporates a variety of small scale public spaces, communal low-level roof gardens and tower top roof terraces, providing the challenge of creating enjoyable and appealing spaces in an area of high density and, in parts, high altitude. The demographic range of the users was fully explored when designing the variety of spaces that will allow users to truly engage with and inhabit the resulting spaces.

Throughout the proposal, play in its many different forms, has been used to curate a spatial language that responds not only to the needs of the children, but to every user. Incidental play requires many of the things that allow us all to enjoy a space, from the civic space by the place of worship, to an intimate mews feel. Play has informed variety in texture and scale in the roof terraces above, providing a comfortable multi-layered occupation both simultaneously and at different times of day, providing spaces of different scale with varying degrees of privacy and shelter for activities.

High-quality materials that complement the historical context and architectural proposals link in with a richly textured and sensory planting palette to provide year-round interest and biodiversity. An element of restraint is also incorporated to stop the scheme becoming too visually complex.

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