Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects. Copper Lane Co-housing. London 2013
Project published in Form&Data Collective Housing Projects: An Anatomical Review
February 22, 2017
This project of collective housing is located within a block of row houses. As an alternative to the typical typology of London boroughs, occupying this residual void between rear courtyards with six dwellings meant forgoing private outdoor space and connection to the street. This would-be huis clos aims to provide a solution to the scarcity of land to build on while also preserving resident independence. Copper Lane considers itself to be co-housing in that all the dwellings share the 61 m2 building containing the utility room and a multi-purpose space, at the centre of the construction, with direct access from the interior of each dwelling. The density obtained by Henley Halebrown Rorrison –60 dwellings per ha– is twice that of the local area.The average floor area of each dwelling is 139 m2. As an example of co-housing the balance between communal and private space (61 m2/832 m2) is skewed, however, as a solution for re-densification, the project offers new possibilities.
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