15. Boundary Estate 1900 (Owen Flemming for the LCC) London

This is a complex model with various types of entries and sequences. The main contribution  is the composition of the ensemble as an urban set piece particularly in its arrangement of a distinct and formal centre. This is complimented by a less distinct perimeter that knits back into the existing urban fabric. As such it doesn’t immediately announce its territory as an estate distinct from the continuous space of the city. Entry sequences include long and short galleries sometimes through courtyards or lobby entrances.  For the most part, like the Peabody Estates, the entries turn their back on the street. Most entries in the blocks are located off pedestrian courts and passages. The territories between buildings are a new kind of space, differing from courtyards in their linear layout and connection to the street. As such these spaces act like a continuation of the urban streetscape; this makes them a distinct type from the Peabody Estates.

The entries which face the central open space are of a different order. The doors lead into a hall the width of the stair and provide nothing more than the basic functional requirements for entry and passage.

Schema

  • various permutations on: street (city) ⇒ enter court/urban pocket (estate fragement) ⇒ enter stair hall (threshold) ⇒ stair (ascend) ⇒ small gallery ⇒ door (two to four)

Unit identity

  • Weak; the emphasis is on the urban ensemble and not individual units; front doors are generally not visible from the street.

Boundary Estate Digimap

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