Unit 12 - Outer City Metropolis

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.

Apartment Interior (after Adolf Loos) by Ross Keenan

Exhibition details

P.V. Tuesday 25 June 2013, 6.30-10pm
Opening Wed 26 June - Fri 5 July 2013
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Venue Spring House (Ground Floor)
Unit Architecture Unit 12
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Architecture (MA)


 Suburb Model by Amy Perkins
Suburb Model Amy Perkins

Model at 1:500 

 Structural frame of the ‘Red House’ by Amy Perkins
Structural frame of the Red House Amy Perkins

Model at 1:50 

 Red House Interior by Amy Perkins
Red House Interior Amy Perkins

Model at 1:10 

 Chain of Courtyards by Daniel Waterstone
Chain of Courtyards Daniel Waterstone

Axonometric Drawing 

 Courtyard Perspective by Daniel Waterstone
Courtyard Perspective Daniel Waterstone

One of a series of richly planted courtyards 

 Apartment Plan by Daniel Waterstone
Apartment Plan Daniel Waterstone

Drawing at 1:50 

 Shared Garden by Joe Halligan
Shared Garden Joe Halligan

Model at 1:50 

 Apartment Interior (after Joseph Frank) by Joe Halligan
Apartment Interior Joe Halligan

Model at 1:10 

 Street of villas by Ross Keenan
Street of villas Ross Kennan

Model at 1:50 

 Apartment Interior (after Adolf Loos) by Ross Keenan
Apartment Interior Ross Keenan

Model at 1:10 

 Section through Hampstead Garden Suburb by Farrokh Aman
Section through Hamstead Garden Farrokh Aman

Drawing at 1:200 

 Plan of Central Square by Farrokh Aman
Plan of Central Square Farrokh Aman

Drawing at 1:200 

 Apartment Interior (after Bertrand Goldberg) by Farrokh Aman
Apartment Interior Farrokh Aman

Model at 1:10 

 Model of the Suburb (after Kay Fischer) by Tom Ormerod
Model of the Suburb Tom Ormerod

Model at 1:1000 

 Courtyard Perspective by Tom Ormerod
Courtyard Perspective Tom Ormerod

New forested garden courts 

 Apartment Interior (after Gio Ponti) by Tom Ormerod
Apartment Interior Tom Ormerod

Model at 1:10 

 Apartment Balcony (after Knapkiewicz Fickert) by Tomoko Matsumiya
Apartment Balcony Tomoko Matsumiya

A balcony with outlook over the suburb 

Farrokh Aman
Jessica Edwards
Joseph Halligan
Ross Keenan
You Me Lee
Tomoko Matsumiya
Ben Morrell
Thomas Ormerod
Amy Perkins
Andrew Rixson
Daniel Waterstone

Kevin Brewster
Robert Buss
James Hills
Bob Hobbs
Ryan Roberts
Sangita Southgate
Jeannine Wickens

Hero Bennett
Stuart Cameron
Phil Christou
Lorenzo de Chiffre
Max Fordham
Alice Foxley
John Glew
Emily Greeves
Crispin Kelly
Adam Khan
Lara Kinneir
Nate Kolbe
Brad Lochore
Nina Lundvall
Angie Pascoe
James Payne
Freddie Phillipson
Mark Pimlott
Lucy Pritchard
Paul Ragsdale
Bernd Schmutz
Geoff Shearcroft
Jamie Shirran
Hugh Taylor
Stephen Taylor
Prisca Thielmann
Carstan Vellguth
Roy Voss
Ellis Woodman
Florian Zierer