Benson and Forsyth’s scheme has a highly compressed entry space that accommodates both pedestrians and vehicles. An entry void provides space for both a stair rising up a half level to the front door as well as a parking bay that slopes down. This solution provides a repeating solid-void massing rhythm that provides clear unit identities while the continuous upper level integrates the row. This organisational strategy is borrowed from Neave Brown’s Winscombe Street project. Although the parking bay occupies a substantial portion of the facade width (admittedly a narrow bay) the design manages to avoid it dominating the entry sequence.
- street (city) ⇒ stair & landing (threshold) ⇒ door
Lamble street is the darker shaded project in the map below. Above it is the Mansfield Road Estate by the same architects.
- First two colour images by author
- Second pair of colour images and drawings from https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/home/house-plan-ben-adams-on-lamble-street-housing/8691011.article
- Street Views courtesy of Google Maps.
- Map courtesy of OS Digimap.
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