This proposed development at Peabody’s Whitechapel Estate in east London completes an ensemble of six housing blocks surrounding an internal courtyard; the original block having been destroyed during World War II. The proposal aims to respect the massing and characteristics of the existing buildings on the estate and continues the idea of ‘open corners’, promoting easy pedestrian access and views between the courtyard and the surrounding streets.
The design of the block takes cues from the typical Peabody housing blocks, designed by Henry Darbishire in the 1870s. Deep, white concrete reveals around windows and balconies contrast the charcoal-coloured stock-brick facade and provide sufficient space for planters on the sills. A naturally lit winding staircase provides access into the 13 new 1/2/3 and 4-bed units of which at least 50 per cent will be affordable.