95 Peckham Road residential building by Peter Barber Architects

Variable facade space

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95 Peckham Road is a striking new residential building, located in a prominent position on Peckham Road in the London Borough of Southwark. The building comprises 33 homes, with a policy compliant mix & quantity of social housing; and takes the form of a mansion block style apartment building with a communal tree lined courtyard at the rear, surrounded by courtyard dwellings.

▼项目鸟瞰,bird-view © Peter Barber Architects


The design was developed following careful analysis of the site and context to ensure that it enhanced and complimented the character of the local area whilst reintroducing a confident, coherent edge to the street in a part of Peckham Road less coherent than its High Street end to the east, or the more formal, civic end to the west. We sought for the building to be a vibrant, attractive and delightful addition to the local area, optimising the site’s potential whilst providing high quality homes for new residents, and improving the environment for existing neighbours.

▼住宅建筑与周边环境,building and its surroundings © Peter Barber Architects

▼建筑一层平面,打造活力社区,first floor plan of the vibrant neighborhood © Peter Barber Architects



A ziggurat form articulates the massing and steps the building back in respect of its context. South facing terraces cascade down the front façade, reinforcing the resident’s and building’s relationship with the street below. The building’s character will continue to evolve as residents fill the spaces – use and occupation of the courtyards, terraces and balconies will enliven the façades, giving personality to the building, enriching the connection between the building and it’s setting.

▼ 南立面呈金字塔形后退,逐层向下,south elevation steps back with ziggurat form, which is cascade down the front façade © Peter Barber Architects


▼立面,阳台,露台及开窗组合成变化丰富的外立面,elevations,  picturesque facades activated by balconies, terraces and windows. © Peter Barber Architects

The architecture has a picturesque quality with the facades activated by numerous front doors, balconies, courtyards, roof terraces, balconies and large feature picture windows. The alternating height of the massing creates a notched profile that softens the building while the gradual stepping of the façade and roof profile means that the homes benefit from the use of a good-sized roof terrace or courtyard garden.

▼立面上多变的空间,variable space on the facade © Peter Barber Architects


The pedestrianised courtyard square at the rear provides a quiet, tree lined space with concrete benches for residents to enjoy; while also providing access to the courtyard homes surrounding the square. A raised ‘picnic folly’ on the far side of the square ensures active frontage on all sides (this part of the site is too narrow for a house) and provides an informal external space for neighbours to congregate and meet.

▼后庭院空间,居民可享受树下放置的混凝土制坐凳,courtyard square,tree lined space with concrete benches for residents to enjoy © Peter Barber Architects


▼建筑外墙采用了质朴的砖块,rustic brick used on facade © Peter Barber Architects

The building’s construction is an insitu reinforced-concrete frame clad in facing brick. The rustic brick sits harmoniously within the surrounding area and enhances the natural light within the communal courtyards and terraces, giving a softness to the elevation. The core materials carry through to the communal interiors with feature exposed concrete curved stairwells and brick lined corridors.

▼混凝土制的弧形楼梯间,concrete curved stairwells © Peter Barber Architects

根据设计团队的设想,该建筑的活力将有入住的居民激发 — 居民们在露台及庭院中种满蔬菜和植物,在晴好的日子里,相约在露台上享受阳光,营造出生机勃勃的景象。

We envisage the balconies, terraces and courtyards ‘planted up’ with growies and pot plants and populated by their inhabitants on sunny days. We envisage buildings enlivened by the activity of their occupants, their lives played out on the roofs and facades.

▼从室内看向阳光普照的阳台,view of sunny balcony from the interior © Peter Barber Architects

▼窗外的庭院,view of the courtyard through the window © Peter Barber Architects

Project Credits
Architect: Peter Barber Architects
Project Architect/Director: Phil Hamilton
Design Team: Peter Barber, Phil Hamilton, Alasdair Struthers, Emma Kitley
Client, Developer and Contractor: Kuropatwa
Structural Engineer: Hall Davis
Building Control Approved Inspector: BCA
M&E Consultant: Mendick Waring

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