Alton Estate

London City Council Architects Department, Roehampton, 1958

 

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11 storey block standing clear of other buildings 

J. R. Pantlin     Download Original

  • 11 storey block standing clear of other buildings    
  • Maisonettes and tower    
  • Low-rise housing stepping down the hill    
  • Low-rise housing    
  • Towers seen from Richmond park    
  • Point blocks in the parkland    
  • Staccato entrance    
  • Hollow centre concrete tiles    
  • Site plan    
  • Typical floor plan of 11 storey block    

Mixed development consisting of high rise towers, terraces and maisonettes

Built on a large expanse of parkland, the Alton Estate was a direct translation of Le Corbusiers’ idea of the Ville Radieuse. The towers and other low rise buildings form a sets of points surrounded by Richmond Park below.

Within this natural landscape stands a number of different housing configurations; 12-storey 'point' blocks with four flats per floor, terraces of low-rise maisonettes and cottages and five 11-storey 'slab' blocks, heavily influenced by Le Corbusiers' Unité d'Habitation.

The external decoration of the houses reflects the Modernist faction in the London County Council's Architects' Department. The brightly coloured brickwork, painted window frames and wide bands of concrete at regular intervals on the exterior were all considered to lack any obvious function.

Data

  • Begun: 1957
  • Completed: 1958
  • Sector: Residential
  • Address: Roehampton Lane, Roehampton, SW15 4AE, United Kingdom