Russell Nurseries Estate 1990 (Bill Forrest & Oscar Palacio) London

The malleability of Henry Roberts’ type is evident in this direct quotation inclusive of curving stairs. Forrest and Palacio add little balconies in front of the doors so that the space becomes more than just a passage. Another subtle transformation is the perpendicular arrangement of the block relative to the street. This removes the direct relationship of the vertical circulation system from the public street. The pavement, however, is continued making the public realm access clear and is separated from the parking area through a level change and low wall with planting. Despite the more secluded nature of this iteration there isn’t much evidence of appropriation of the circulation or balcony spaces.

Digimap Russell Nurseries

  • First colour image courtesy of Steve Cadman Flickr (creative commons license).
  • Street Views courtesy of Google Maps.
  • Map courtesy of OS Digimap.


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