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Revealing Peripheral Space: An analysis through drawing of threshold spaces across the buildings of the Maiden Lane Estate
The goal of this research project was to explore the threshold spaces within housing which are peripheral to the dwelling spaces themselves. The analysis is focused particularly on public housing, or council housing, in London. This analysis was undertaken as a series of drawings which isolate these peripheral spaces across several development stages of the Maiden Lane estate in London. By abstracting these spaces from the housing blocks the aim was to reveal the various types of threshold spaces present and their arrangement across the different development phases.
The estate had originally been planned as one large development, designed by Benson and Forsyth, but was realised in three different phases. Phase one was a reduced version of Benson and Forsyth’s original plans, built by Camden Council and completed in 1979. Phase two was also designed by a team from Camden’s architect department but without Benson and Forsyth. This phase was overseen by Daniel Usiskin and was completed in 1983. The third and final phase of the estate is much more recent, completed in 2017 by PRP architects with Camden Council as the client.
Each phase of the development has been categorised by the house or block typology. The block have then been drawn in plan, isolating only the peripheral spaces and layered across different storeys. These plans have formed the templates to produce a set of axonometric drawings, coloured coded to show the various types of threshold space, along a scale of public to private. These drawing highlight the differences in spatial design across the different phases of the development. The resulting drawings provide a comparative study of the earlier and later phases of the project. Shown here is a selection from the complete set of drawings. The accompanying design report can be found via the link below.