Robin Hood Gardens


Zoran Radivojevic Cazenove Architects

Second place
Bruce Newlands Kraft Architecture & Mike Hyatt Landscape Architects

Third place
Ben Addy Moxon Architects

Sabah Ashiq
Tommaso Passalacqua Brre Architects with Baires Raffaelli, Elio Rava and Carlos Acostaf
Tom Jefferies Maccreanor Lavington
Carsten Czaja LIVFE Design Agency, Berlin
Mark NG and Jimmy Hung Make
Harry Dobbs Harry Dobbs Design
Matteo Cainer Fletcher Priest Architects

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Robin Hood Gardens (RHG), the 1970s housing development in east London by Alison and Peter Smithson, is currently being considered for demolition and redevelopment, in order to accommodate increased numbers of homes on the site.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result
Type International Architecture Idea Competition
Genre Housing
Country London, UK
RegDeadline 23 May 2008 GoogleCal iCal
23 May 2008 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Qualified architects

We believe that RHG is an exceptional work of architecture which achieves good space standards in its flats and a large amount of open space. It offers much-needed familysized units to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Demolition would also entail a high loss of embodied energy.
All reasonable options for retaining it, while allowing for further development, should be explored.
We also recognise that RHG has flaws as a place to live. Experience on other estates of its generation has shown that such flaws can be addressed without wholesale demolition. There is, however, a real need for change.
Robin Hood Gardens is important in itself, but also for the wider issues it raises about the regeneration of developments of its period. At Park Hill in Sheffield plans are under way to renew a comparable estate, while others are being or have been demolished. These are essential issues for British cities as a whole.

Amanda Baillieu (Editor, Building Design (Chair))
Sir Peter Cook (Professor of Architecture, The Bartlett)
Rowan Moore (Director, Architecture Foundation)
Paul Morrell (CABE Deputy Chair, and independent consultant; former Davis Langdon senior partner)
Simon Smithson (Project Director, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners)
Roger Zogolovitch (Managing Director, Lake Estates)
Technical advisors:
Patrick Bellew (Managing Director, Atelier Ten)
Matthew Wells (Chairmen, Tekniker)

Judging Process
One-Stage, Anonymous Competition

Publication (no cash prize)

Entry Fee
20 EUR

Up to 3 A2 boards

Announce winner: June 13th, 2008

The Architecture Foundation

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