Cobden Buildings 1865 (Sydney Waterlow) London

This is a straightforward vertical stacking of Roberts’ original model cottage. In this type the subtle differences in the width of the galleries and location of doors makes for significant differences. The galleries at Cobden show only occasional use for drying rugs or storage. This is likely due to the way in which the front doors are somewhat separate from this space located behind the ‘carved’ white plane. This surface creates an additional threshold but removes the sense that the gallery can be an extension of the home.

Original schema

  • street (city) ⇒ enter stair void (threshold) ⇒ stair (ascend) ⇒ landing ⇒ door (one of four)

Current schema

  • street (city) ⇒ building door (boundary) ⇒ lobby ⇒ stair (ascend) ⇒ landing ⇒ door (one of four)

The Cobden Building is the right-most building in the plan below.

Digimap Cobden & Derby

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