2023's top affordable housing is identified by RIBA.
A House for Artists by Apparata Architects, the New Lodge Community by PRP, Agar Grove Phase 1b by Mae and Taylor Court, Chatto Court, and Wilmott Court on the Frampton Park Estate by Henley Halebrown have been named as finalists for the award, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Apparata designs affordable housing development A House for Artists in London
A community-focused housing building for artists with a whimsical design and a facade perforated by geometrically curved openings has been built by London-based architecture company Apparata.
A House for Artists, which was first announced in 2017, is a residence and workspace for 12 artists and their families in Barking, east London.
PRP designed the retirement community known as New Lodge Community for the elderly in Yorkshire.
A number of red brick townhouses with steep rooflines and sizable dormers are part of the development, and they are connected by walkways lined with hedging and open green areas.
The jury stated that the architectural approach "reinterpreted the key characteristics of the local conservation area" and was "inspired by the local arts and crafts vernacular." "These include feature chimneys, recessed porch entries, steep roofscapes, and regular use of brickwork and tiles."
Agar Grove Phase 1b was designed by Mae.
"These examples of affordable housing outline possibilities for a better future at a time when the cost of living is among the most pressing issues of the day," said RIBA President Simon Allford. "We must concentrate on all of them. We need more homes that are better designed in terms of amenity, carbon, context, community, and culture."
Taylor & Chatto Courts + Wilmott Court Frampton Park Estate / Henley Halebrown
form a pair of mixed-tenure housing accommodating 45 new homes commissioned by the Hackney Council on two sites at the edge of the post-war Frampton Park Estate.
Despite being jointly commissioned and finished, these buildings continue to be unique answers to their various locations and programs. However, every construction investigates useful means by which the city's social infrastructure can be supported by the architecture. The new housing buildings are grouped and massed in a fashion that compromises between the conflicting post-war estate and Victorian street urban settings, extending the public realm. Each structure occupies its own site, with ample outdoor public space interlaced throughout the estate and down the street.