Photograph by Jim Stephenson
Named after late the RIBA Gold Medal winner and champion of social housing, the 2022 Neave Brown Award for Housing has three projects running, including one from last year’s winner, Peter Barber.
“High-rise, low-rise, urban, rural, existing and new – these three schemes realise thoughtful, affordable housing within complex locations,” RIBA President Simon Allford said, speaking of the award. “Innovative and purposeful, they also enhance and enrich their neighbouring spaces and communities. They set a benchmark – for clients, contractors and architects – for better UK housing. I congratulate all involved.”
See the three finalists, below.
Photograph by Jim Stephenson
333 Kingsland Road by Henley Halebrown
Encompassing Hackney New Primary School and apartments, this sculptural slab of pink occupies a busy junction in off Kingsland Road in East London, with the tight urban locale being cleverly devised to accommodate 350 pupils and 68 dual-aspect homes.
“The architecture is for the most part serious,” wrote Peter Stewart in his review of the project for Architecture Today. “It is not the sort of school design that that aims to engage with infants through architectural jollification – they are left to add the fun themselves, and they are doing so. But the building contains elements of serious delight nevertheless.”
Read Peter Stewart’s review of 333 Kingsland Road
Photograph by Peter Barber
Kiln Place by Peter Barber Architects
2021 saw Peter Barber take the Neave Brown award for McGrath Road in Newham, East London (read Murray Fraser’s review of that scheme in AT, here). 2022 has another London Barber project in the mix again, this time with Kiln Place, in Camden. Here, 15 new homes have been added, replacing what was once a parking lot, plant room and bin store. The dwellings have been carefully integrated into an existing estate, creating new connections through it, while also improving what was already there. By example, a roof of one new dwelling doubles up as roof as a terrace for an existing flat, while elsewhere, a new intervention improves access to an existing block, creating a small courtyard of green space in the process.
Lovedon Fields by John Pardey Architects
In Kings Worthy, Hampshire, John Pardey Architects has designed a village extension of 50 custom build homes that draw on the local vernacular and connects the existing settlement to the adjacent South Downs National Park.
“The first thing one notices is how well the colour and material palette sits within the wintery landscape, wrote Steve Webb covering the project for AT. “Brown buff bricks with patches of pre-weathered timber boarding and occasional flashes of olive green (think Farrow and Ball) cladding and fascias complement the overcast dun colours of leafless woodland and yellowy winter grassland.”
The winner of the 2022 Neave Brown Award for Housing will be announced ceremony on Thursday 13 October 2022.
Read Steve Webb’s review of Lovedon Fields