Open House 2009 - Prototype House A

As a first step I thought I'd upload the photos I took on the Open House visit I did with Sofie, Marion (plus husband), Mehrdad and Stefano (and his dad) on 20th September - first visit was to Prototype House A in Shoreditch. We were all pretty impressed with this inexpensive live/work/newbuild family house on a tight inner city site.                                                                                                                                              
"Unique, award-winning, contemporary low energy house on brownfield site with striking glazed and planted facade hidden in the heart of Shoreditch, developed as a prototype for green urban terraced housing. Sustainable features include solar control facade with evergreen shading, lightweight steel, timber frame and solar thermal hot water system. Cox Bulleid Architects 2008."

Open House 2009 - Rivington Place

An exhibition space and multi-cultural arts lab in Bethnal Green, EC2 was the next place we visited.  It has some self-conciously cool 'designer-y' features, but claims of green credentials seemed very dubious to us. It has a very dark interior with long depressing corridors that requires a lot of artificial lighting and servicing.                                                         

"An innovative new landmark building which won a 2008 RIBA award. The first permanent space dedicated to the presentation of culturally diverse visual arts in the UK. Sustainable architecture is achieved together with materials and colours which mark it out as a beacon amongst the surrounding older buildings. Adjaye Associates 2007."

Open House 2009 -Four Corners

Four Corners, Bethnal Green, was the next site we visited...a community photography centre. The staff member who showed us around was enthusiastic about their improved work environment with lots of natural light and access to the outdoors.                                                                                                                                          

"121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green E2 0QN. Refurbished building with new extension and sedum roof, with a clear circulation route forming the spine of building. A central courtyard or integrated ‘hub’ allows light and air to filter through. JaK Studio (refurb) 2007. Entry: gallery, darkrooms, offices, garden, green roof."

Open House 2009 - Brooke Road

187 Brooke Road, Dalston E5 - an unusual house rear extension for an artistic musical gregarious family. The architect was in attendance, and demonstrated how they used models to develop the design. Big-hearted attitude, although I personally did not think it was entirely architecturally successful and some of the detailing seemed crude to me. Whatever, the end users seem to love it!                                                                                                                                                                 
"Timber-framed, hemp insulated extension to Victorian end-of-terrace incorporating shuttered ‘musical box’ and connecting other areas of the house with lightwell. Moving Architecture 2008 (refurb). Entry: kitchen, extension, box accessible via trapdoor and steep stairs, garden."