Exhibition: 25.06.2013 – 05.07.2013
Unit 12 - Outer City Metropolis
Apartment Interior (after Adolf Loos) by Ross Keenan
Unit led by Heyes St John
About the show
Proposals for suburban ‘living in the green’, designed from the inside out.
London faces a housing supply and quality crisis. Unit 12 have asked whether translating European apartment models into a British context could increase density in the suburb while diversifying and improving ways of living. The students have looked at European collective domestic buildings that sit in strong landscape contexts. The unit has resisted the urge to begin with a ‘masterplan’ and worked from the inside out, focusing on overlooked domestic qualities of comfort, well-being, continuity, sentiment and variety.
In the words of the architect Josef Frank we have ‘used everything that is still usable’. The exhibition shows how this interest has crystallized in studies of historic interiors and proposals for new dwellings in Hampstead Garden Suburb. In this paradigmatic place, the students have proposed ways of ‘living in the green’ which respond both to the subtle Arts and Crafts atmosphere of Parker and Unwin’s model community and question the suburb’s rigid exclusivity.
You Me Lee
With thanks to
Lorenzo de Chiffre