WINNER: Dujardin Mews by Karakusevic Carson with Maccreanor Lavington has won a 2017 RIBA National Award for architecture.
Dujardin Mews is the first council-led, social housing delivered by the local borough of Enfield in 40 years. Forming the first phase of the wider regeneration of Ponders End, it provides replacement homes for residents of the nearby Alma Estate.
The project achieves its ambition to maximize the site while respecting the local townscape and delivers high quality, exemplar housing for Enfield and the local community. The housing is laid out as a new street, connecting existing pedestrian flows and paving the way for new connections. The slim site provoked the rotation of houses on one side of the street so that they are wide and shallow. This has produced an interesting house type which benefits the street by providing variation and a new rhythm. Externally, high-quality brick, carefully considered elevations and clever planning for bikes and bins, makes for an ordered street with a sense of home. Inside, the apartments and houses are generous and well planned, with each room just the size it needs to be for its use.
Enfield demonstrated that they played a critical role as client in the success of the project. Their willingness to invest in quality, their openness to the design team's expertise and communication with the local community and prospective tenants is commendable.
Photo credit: Mark Hadden
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