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ROBIN HOOD GARDENS

London, 2008

Competition Entry

Robin Hood Gardens in East London is a seminal post-war housing estate by British brutalist architects Alison and Peter Smithson.  The Estate has been poorly maintained and over the years has become dis-connected from the local amenities.  Clauum Sleery’s proposal for modernising the estate held at its core the belief that the 600 apartments and buildings themselves were sound and required only a proper and continued programme of maintenance, organised by the inhabitants themselves.

    The Smithson’s ‘city wall’ boundary concept was punctured with new communal self-help facilities: garden centre; schools, faith centres, community gardens and cafes and a light industry zone for commerce and apprenticeship. 

    The site as a whole was densified by literally duplicating Smithson’s blocks, cutting & pasting around the fringes of the preserved green heart.

    All proposals were shown as cut-and-paste copies of Smithson’s original drawings.

   


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