Running time: 29 minutes
This is the story of the design and realisation of a prize-winning social housing scheme by the young architects Lifschutz Davidson, for the local group Coin Street Community Builders Ltd., on London's South Bank, a few steps from the National Theatre. Working with the resident-to-be, a mixed population, Lifschutz Davidson achieved an environment in which anyone would be happy to live. Coin Street Community Builders Ltd. say of the project: "Beautiful new homes. Constructed to the highest standards, allocated to people in need, managed by the tenants, and with superb views over the Thames and a riverside park".
Alex Lifschutz and Ian Davidson had worked respectively for Foster (see More With Less, Exploring The City and Chateau Margaux, France) and Rogers (see Genesis Of The New Lloyd's Underwriting Room and People Places) before setting up in practice together in London. They built their glass-enclosed office on top of the Rogers office in Hammersmith, and at the time of this talk were working on the development of a former warehouse and the Oxo tower adjacent to the housing, to include shops, restaurants, workshops, etc. Having won the competition for the housing scheme (Broadwell by name) Lifschutz describes the flexible approach they took with the future tenants and how the design evolved accordingly.
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