Contemporary canal side homes cleverly utilise a brownfield site in East London

Canal side scheme for eight dwellings maximising privacy and outdoor space in a clever folded design by pH+ architects, has been granted planning permission.

Acting on behalf of Old Ford Road LLP, pH+’s design comprises of three houses, three duplexes and two flats for the constrained site of 465 square metres in the Victoria Park Conservation Area in East London.

This contemporary terrace of inner city housing replaces three vacant buildings on a previously overgrown piece of land. The scheme is accessed directly from the street between the Hertford Union Canal and Old Ford Road.

The scale of the scheme: three storeys topped with a habitable roof level, sympathetically responds to both the scale of the Georgian Houses, which it fronts, and the adjacent apartment blocks along the canal. The project’s distinctive gabled profile references the rhythm of neighbouring terraces. Simple, robust forms feature large openings which maximise daylight to the interior living spaces and echo the industrial vernacular of the historic canal area.

The folding façade creates intersticial balcony spaces whilst opening up and framing views along the waterway and across to the park beyond. Ground floor terraces are generously planted to create porous edges encouraging the bio diversity of the canal’s green corridor to thrive.  These are supplemented by rooftop gardens cut into the serrated profile to create sheltered outside space whilst maintaining the sculptural quality of the overall form.