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Donnybrook Housing

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Peter Barber Architects
 
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function housing
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Peter Barber has with immense precision hit a very sensitive spot - he is by many seen as an architectural saviour, showing the way out of a major housing crisis in London. Donnybrook comes at a time when the government is desperate to build quick and cheap. It shows with easy elegance that there is a solution; the project is incredibly dense yet it has a charmingly intimate character and is irresistably optimistic. Barber has given everybody a private outdoors, framed by his modernist inspired solid volumes. Those living on the ground floor have a courtyard behind the house, while the maisonettes above are given a large terrace. There are some one-off solutions for buildings at the edges of the development, with a wedge-shaped one-bedroom house on a very slim plan, some higher volumes on the main road and houses with generously glazed façades overlooking the square. Donnybrook achieves a lot, creating an environment where community seems possible and where living can be fun.

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Donnybrook Housing
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Junction of Parnell Road and Old Ford Road
United Kingdom
Project is not public!
How to get there? Donnybrook has no gates and no surveillance cameras, so the public square can be visited.
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Completion 2006
ArchitectPeter Barber Architects
Client Circle Anglia Housing Trust + Old Ford Housing Association
 
Project ID 1025
Latitude/Longitude 51°32'10N 00°01'43W
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