- Words and images by Callum Rowland
Goal & objective
This project proposes an alternative future of estate regeneration: one that capitalises on emerging remote-working patterns within a hyper-local live/work programme, extending benefits to all residents.
The idea of the ‘home’ is simplified. Existing homes are upgraded and reorganised to suit the dynamic daily needs of individual residents. Localised co-working facilities infill underused spaces across London’s housing estates, inviting new occupants to these forgotten pieces of city and unburdening the home from the recent invasion of work. Additional ‘remote-worker’ homes subsequently recognise the growing demand for this new way of living. Transient-yet-integrated apartments sit atop existing blocks and densify the affordable residential offering. Finally, shared everyday facilities are sandwiched between old and new homes, providing a vital common ground for all residents
At a strategic level, this project outlines a radical process of estate densification, responding specifically to the current housing shortage within Hackney. At a human level, residents (both old and new) can claim greater autonomy over their daily lives, and feel an improved sense of ownership of where they live.
Imperial Wharf Estate, London Borough of Hackney, N15
Homes for Haringey/Hackney Homes