An intergenerational development, providing different types of housing to create one inclusive new community.
Address: Buccleuch House Clapton Common E5 9AN
Architect: Levitt Bernstein
Client: Hill, Agudas Israel Housing Association and Hanover
About the project
Buccleuch House is an intergenerational development, providing quality housing to create one inclusive new community. Three tenure types for three distinct users are combined to provide 41 independent homes for older people, 28 affordable rent and shared ownership apartments for the local Orthodox Jewish population, and 38 private sale apartments.
The project hopes to redress the balance in terms of design quality for older people with an ageing population.
The façade maintains a consistent architectural language and provides a calm backdrop to Clapton Common, while subtle elevational differences reflect the practical and cultural requirements of the residents. The private apartments have stacking balconies; those for the Orthodox Jewish community stagger in plan providing the clear view of sky required for the Sukkot festival; and the independent living homes have single-glazed winter gardens providing an additional sheltered living space for residents who spend more time indoors.
The private homes are open plan with one or two bedrooms to suit first time buyers and small families, whereas those for Orthodox Jewish families have at least three bedrooms to accommodate larger households. The older people homes follow HAPPI design recommendations, some featuring flexible plan layouts with sliding partitions between rooms to assist occupants with mobility issues.