Guest Street Housing

de Metz Forbes Knight Architects, London, 2007


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  • Guest Street close up; staggered proportions    
  • Guest Street in its topographical context    
  • Guest Street property front view    
  • Guest Street interior, ground floor    
  • Interior ground floor    
  • Interior finished    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
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  • Grace Street pre-renovation    
  • Back view Grace Street pre-renovation    
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14 private residences designed to the 'New Islington' housing and social master-plan

Guest Street plays on the architecture of the traditional 19th-Century terrace. Every house follows a brick-block look, and the total effect is a staggered relationship in size and proportion.

The individual styles give little attention to detail, and instead focus on juxtaposition of form and scale: over-sized first storey windows contrast with the narrow slits of their neighbours.

The interiors follow a T-shaped plan on the ground floor, while the first floor is made more flexible by use of folding screens to change room size. The project is part of New Islington's award winning social housing scheme, and was nominated for the Housing Design Awards 2007.


  • Begun: Jan 2006
  • Completed: Jan 2007
  • Floor area: 1,330m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £1.4M
  • Tender date: Nov 2005
  • Procurement: JCT contractor designed
  • Address: Guest Street, Islington, London, United Kingdom

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