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Martin Charles Download Original
- Begun: 1972
- Completed: 1978
- Sectors: Education, Residential, Civic
- Tender date: Apr 1969
- Address: Alexandra Road Estate, Camden, London, NW8 0SR, United Kingdom
Public housing comprising two parallel pedestrian streets of terraced houses, of four and six storeys, which have a central park between them, a school for 100 mentally handicapped children; community centre, youth club, play centre, and two shops
The overall design of the project gives the impression of formal control: parapets, walls, hierarchy of levels are uniform, and the exterior walls are of a neutral white colour. Every aspect of the design is mirrored or repeated elsewhere on the site, creating a common culture between public and private properties.
520 dwellings for 1,660 persons back onto a railway track and contains anti-vibration sound insulation set within double glazing.
The houses are set back providing balconies, and the upper galleries are accessed by external staircases. Lifts with glazed panels link the gallery with pedestrian streets. The community centre has separate terraced gardens, and next to these, a small square adjoins the shops to the scheme.