Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Anne Mews housing in Barking, by AHMM and Maccreanor Lavington

Allford Hall Monaghan & Morris and Maccreanor Lavington Architects have breathed new life into traditional London housing types to provide the first new council housing built in Barking & Dagenham for 25 years.

We had everything we could dream of in the Lintons,” says a frail, East End voice, accompanying footage of a mech-anical jaw biting chunks out of a vast 16-storey concrete slab block. “The lounge was 21ft long, with a beautiful round table and six chairs – and a sideboard. The electric fireplace had a mosaic surround.”

Another bite, and a cascade of rubble falls to ground, revealing a vertical grid of wallpaper swatches and gaudy colour schemes, a stacked cross-section of private lives. “We had comedians, bingo, a darts night. You could go downstairs to the cinema, or the slipper baths. And everyone knew everyone else.”

Read the full review here

Originally published in BD, 8 June 2011