Homeless Shelter Building Wins Architecture Award

12 July by Miriam Heale


Holmes Road Studios in Camden, which provides accommodation for 59 homeless people, designed by Peter Barber Architects is the Overall Winner of the 2016 New London Awards. 

From a shortlist of 139 and 26 category winner, the design was applauded for its "real sense of belonging, empowerment and self-worth." 

The studio flats are inspired by the design of old almshouses, with a double height brick vault, a mezzanine bed space and en suite bathroom.  They have a contemporary design, in rustic brick with a wavy parapet.  Each appartment is lit by natural lighting form a partially glazed door, attractive circular windows and a roof light, and they all over look a garden.

The designers envisage residents working with the gardener, to help create and maintain vegetable and flower gardens, and form part of the residenetial training and counselling facilities provided.

Other amazing designs include the winner of the Public Space Category, which was the restoration of the Victorian 1850s Grade II listed gasholder to create The Gasholder Park in King's Cross, as well as The Leadenhall Building which took the Built Winner title in the Office Buildings category.

All the winners can be viewed here

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