Top Ten Essential Architecture top ten London housing  
     
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1 London Terraced House  

architect

various

location

London

date

1700-2000

style

various

construction

various

type

House

The terrace house is of outstanding importance to the historical development of London. Many are individually of great architectural or historical significance. Their construction in planned streets and squares on the great private estates of central and inner London from the mid-seventeenth century onwards has bequeathed a remarkable legacy which has dictated the character and form of large areas of London. London terrace houses are a valuable resource. Their conservation makes good economic and practice sense.
 
     
2 Housing in Camden  

architect

Nicholas Grimshaw

location

Camden

date

1989

style

High-Tech Modern

construction

metal cladding

type

Houses

A tall glazed open space connects, softens, and integrates the formal-seeming regulated facades.
 
     
3 Alexandra Road Housing  
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architect

Neave Brown

location

Abbey Road NW8 (Camden) 

date

1969

style

High quality Brutalist

construction

cast concrete

type

Apartment Building

Alexandra Road may be seen as the culminating effort by Neave Brown to apply the principles of the London terrace house to the design of high-density public housing. The 5 rowhouses on Winscombe Street built by Brown in 1967 for the architect and his friends were the first experiment with the terrace type. The Camden Town project at Fleet Road begun about the same time was a further application of the idea, now with over 50 dwellings, arranged in parallel, terraced rows. Alexandra road represents the application of the terraced theme on an enormous scale. Because Camden has three main rail stations, there is much rail-frontage land in this part of the city. Alexandra Road is built on one of these difficult frontage sites along the Euston line. 
 
     
4 The Ark