Vaudeville Court began life as an open design competition to explore what affordable family housing in Islington could look like in the 21st century. The site was an underused set of garages, serving a tower block, located at the end of two terraced streets.
Our response was based around a new philosophy of ‘home-sown’ housing. We imagined the scheme as a holistic, productive landscape, where every single surface is designed to be useful. The design features 13 dwellings in a mixture of duplex homes on the ground and first floors, and two bedroom apartments above. Arranged in two terraces, with private gardens between them, the architectural design heals the existing terraces. Family homes have gardens and flexible 'garden' rooms, whilst covered decks for the apartments provide space for growing plants. Communal gardens will be shared with residents of the tower block, and run by the local gardening club.