Robin Hood Gardens, Tower Hamlets, London
Alison and Peter Smithson (1966-72). Unlisted
This iconic social housing development consists of two perimeter blocks of six and nine storeys with an irregular landscaped space between them. The inward-looking blocks are built of pre-cast concrete panels and projecting fins stitched into in-situ concrete floors, creating a rhythmic repetition of elements. This important and innovative design also incorporates continuous horizontal decks running the full length of each block – the ‘streets in the sky’ advocated by the Smithsons. Tower Hamlets has granted permission to demolish the complex; a previous COI has expired.
EH is currently assessing a new COI application, our response strongly supports listing.
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