Hackney Road Hostel

Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects, London, 2000


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From the street the Columbia Road block is intended to be seen as a series of 'houses' 

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  • From the street the Columbia Road block is intended to be seen as a series of     
  • Hackney road overlooks the basement courtyard    
  • The slatted hardwood entrance ramp    
  • The elevation onto the carpark    
  • The Columbia Road block    
  • The architecture has a sense of joie de vivre not often found in schemes of this sort    
  • Materials are choosen for long life and had wear    
  • The basement-level accomodation    
  • Site plan    
  • Front elevation with shop units (Hackney road structure)    
  • Gate opening onto a ramp    
  • Rear elevation (Columbia Road structure)    
  • Elevation    
  • Detail section through curved wall    
  • Working detail    

Hostel for homeless people together with one-person flats to rebuild independence and self-sufficiency

The building is four storeys high, constructed of a steel frame with concrete beam and block floors, buff facing brick and a composite steel roof. With stock brick, cedar cladding and powder-coated steel materials chosen for long life and hard wear.

Creating a sense of security was a high priority. Both the hostel and flats are entered via a gated, but transparent approach from the street, across a slatted hardwood ramp.

The hostel occupies most of the block, with four flats located above shop units. The remaining 21 flats are contained within a separate three-storey block. Intended to be seen as a series of 'houses', complete with front doors, but form part of a timber and glazed screen to the three staircase halls serving the flats.


  • Begun: Nov 1998
  • Completed: Jul 2000
  • Sector: Residential
  • Procurement: Design and build JCT 81
  • Address: 246, Columbia Road, Hackney, London, E2 7RN, United Kingdom

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