People First Architecture Gets the Green Light

Visualisation by Tekchi

Harrow Planning Committee Members gives the green light on the 12th of January, to an Origin Housing Group affordable housing scheme designed by YOOP Architects.

The 14 unit scheme of 4 houses and 10 flats marks a distinct change in approach championed by YOOP Architects to provide housing focused on the issues of ‘liveable homes’ with ‘people first architecture’.

Its ‘people first architecture’, delivers for people now and the future, with low running and maintaince costs. The scheme will be quiet and private for both the resident and wider community, a true sustainable and respectful developement for people.

The scheme focuses on quality private amenity space and noise. The front of the building has a screen type wall which mediates between the street and homes. This allows residents to feel as if they are not on show. Balconies have been screened with a vertical louver type pattern to allow residents to see out but others not to see in. The screen solution also respects the wider community to screen any items on balconies which can negatively disrupt the visual appearance of a scheme. Noise between dwellings is a contemporary issue with increased densities. The scheme returns to very robust solid construction so residents can enjoy music while not affecting their neighbour.

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