Peabody Housing

London, UK


Design and architecture composition

CO-worker at WHAT_architecture studio


The proposal utilises the square configuration of the site to yield a square plan layout of four corner flats, all with dual aspect views.

At the centre of the plan is a naturallylit staircase.

The innovation of the proposal lies in the staggered section: the entry to each flat is individually staggered upon quarter landings to give a sense of uniqueness and identity.The first flat is a fully accessible wheelchair user flat is strategically located at street level and close to the proposed building entrance. The layout and configuration of all residential units have been developed in compliance with Lifetime Home standards. Privacy Privacy is created for the remaining units through ‘stepped elevation’ from the ground.

All units have private outdoor amenity in the form of a recessed balcony which provides for wet weather usage. The ground floor (wheelchair accessible) unit has direct access a semi-private landscape area / garden. The undercroft area in the south-west corner of the building contains 16 safe and secure cycle parking spaces and a waste storage area, both accessible by a ramp. The undercroft area in the north-west corner of the building is well lit and secured and offers a social space whose purpose can be determined through public consultation.