<span>A</span><span>House</span><span>for</span><span>Artists</span>

A House for Artists

A House for Artists

The first of its kind in the UK, A House for Artists provides flexible living and working spaces for 12 artists and their families.

The project in East London combines public-facing spaces and artists' studios with housing, including studio workspaces, a community space and a shared working yard that can be opened to the public. 

Residents are offered tenancy at reduced rent in exchange for helping to deliver a free public programme in the community space, removing barriers to arts engagement and fostering inclusive, creative ways of using civic spaces.

Working alongside architects, APPARATA, we provided M&E Engineering and Acoustics for the project. Services are designed for adaptability and flexibility on the residential floors to allow homes to be modified as needs change

The carbon footprint was minimised using a single skin of 50% ground granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBS) concrete, whereby half the cement is substituted with a by-product of the steel industry, and other material build-ups are lean.

The formwork was made using standard reusable parts and left unlined, reducing waste on-site. Exposed ceilings provide thermal mass to reduce overheating, while covered walkways reduce solar gain at the hottest time of day.

Dual aspect openings allow natural cross-ventilation, and hot water is provided through a communal Air Source Heat Pump. The building has over 20% less embodied carbon than the RIBA 2030 climate challenge target and GLA aspirational target.

Architect

Apparata

Value

UNDISCLOSED

Completion

2021

Client

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham


Image: David Grandorge

Architect

Apparata

Value

UNDISCLOSED

Completion

2021

Client

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

2023 RIBA National Award

2023 RIBA National Award

2023 RIBA Stirling Prize (Shortlist)

2023 RIBA Stirling Prize (Shortlist)

2023 RIBA Neave Brown Award for Housing

2023 RIBA Neave Brown Award for Housing

2024 Civic Trust Award

2024 Civic Trust Award

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