London's first co-housing scheme for six homes with shared community facilities and communal landscaping.
Address: Copper Lane, Springdale Road Stoke Newington, London N16 9NG
Architect: Henley Halebrown Rorrison
Client: Springdale Gardens Ltd.
Contractor: Sandwood Construction
About the project
This is London's first co-housing scheme. The architecture supports an intentional community, with shared facilities. The project comprises six homes, with a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4-beds, and shared communal facilities: 50m2 hall, laundry, workshop, and shower room.
The design, in plan-form in particular, focuses on a typology that manifests the idea of communality. The resulting cluster model places a court (orientated northeast-southwest) at the heart of the site beneath which the communal facilities are located and around which the houses are laid out. Two storey houses positioned east and west of the central court allow the morning and afternoon sunlight to enter this elevated outdoor room. The scheme allows for a continuous perimeter of communal gardens.
Environmental performance: the building fabric - insulation, air tightness, and heat recovery - plays a vital role employing low-cost and proven technology. The only renewables are solar thermal panels. The embodied energy of construction has been considered in every respect: recycling waste material from the demolition; timber superstructure; timber cladding; timber fenestration and partial green roofs.