Unit 5 - Constructor Course

Unit led by David Kohn, Silvia Ullmayer & Alex Gore

About the show

Unit 5 studied self-provided housing models for London, developing new design methods and working with multiple clients.

At present in the UK there is a housing crisis with a massive need for affordable homes and no clear strategy for their delivery. The 2008 economic crash led to the lowest levels of housing supply, mortgage lending and social housing provision for generations with the incumbent widespread social implications and growing inequalities.

In London the problem is particularly acute given the shortage of land and a growing population. Unit 5 asked what should be the qualities of contemporary housing and how might these be delivered. Should housing be standardised and speculative according to rule books as in the Georgian era? Or is the UK ready to work with large groups of end-user clients to develop new housing typologies, common parts that have particular identities, levels of comfort and energy-efficient tailored homes that suit varied needs? Such customised models are being explored outside the UK, so the time is ripe for architects and self-builders to break new ground.

Each student developed their own response to the prevailing conditions, established groups of acting clients, engaged with local suppliers and developed new forms of representation that communicated the basis of each collaborative design decision. The resulting schemes demonstrate how good design coupled with political engagement can lead to exemplary housing architecture and suggest future models for practice.

Island Urbanism By Alessio Fini

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 2
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Architecture (MA)


 Big House Section
Big House Section Alessio Fini

By Alessio Fini 

 David & Paola
David and Paola Francesca White

By Francesca White 

 Agglomeration Study
Agglomeration Georgia Battye

By Georgia Battye 

 Marshgate Allotments
Marshgate Allotments James Ka Pang

By James Ka Pang 

 Client Screenprints
Client Screenprints Kevin Wong

By Kevin Wong 

 Perspective Sketch
Perpective sketch Lettice Drake

By Lettice Drake 

 Incremental Development
Incremental Development Robin Turner

By Robin Turner 

 View from Canal
View from Canal Robin Turner

By Robin Turner 

 Portrait of Caine
Portrait of Caine Rosie Garvey

By Rosie Garvey 

 Portrait of Max
Portrait of Max Sam Grainge

By Sam Grainge 

 Client Screenprints
Client Screenprints Sam Tuner

By Sam Tuner 

 Site Model by Unit 5 Students
Site Model Unit 5 students


 Courtyard Garden
Courtyard Garden Thomas Kalkoven

By Thomas Kalkoven 

 Agglomeration Study
Agglomeration Study Thomas Bromet

By Thomas Bromet 

 Layers of Infrastrucure
Layers of infrastructure Thomas Bromet

By Thomas Bromet 

 Marshgate Gardens
Marshgate Gardens Victoria Hamilton

By Victoria Hamilton 

Georgia Battye
Thomas Bromet
Lettice Drake
Alessio Fini
Matthew Farrer
Paul Farry
James Green
Oliver Reinhold
Rosie Garvey
Samuel Grainge
Victoria Hamilton
Jhonnatan Jaramillo
Thomas Kalkhoven
James Pang
Jacob Raslan
Robin Turner
Sam Turner
Darren Wilson
Francesca White
Kevin Wong

Sebastian Adamo
Zoe Berman
Bruce Bell
Shumi Bose
Alison Brooks
Dominic Cullinan
Tom Dyckoff
Pippa Gueterbock
Simone ten Hompel
Adam Khan
Lev Kerimol
Robert Mull
Steve Tomlinson
Roger Zogolovitch

David Tapias
Mónica Rivera
Pere Buil
Bet Capdeferro
Alberto Sanchez
José Zabala
Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya
Esther Everett 
Facit Homes
Elias Redstone
British Council