Fleet Street Hill by Peter Barber Architects


Fleet Street Hill by Peter Barber Architects

Peter Barber Architects have produced these drawings as part of a planning application for 25 terraced family houses in London's East End.

Fleet Street Hill by Peter Barber Architects

The layout of the proposed houses on Fleet Street Hill across 3-4 storeys allows each to have its own ground floor courtyard, as well as accessible roof terraces.

Fleet Street Hill by Peter Barber Architects

It is intended for each house to have its own street level front door, facing onto a new tree-lined public square.

Fleet Street Hill by Peter Barber Architects

Here are some more details from the architects:

Fleet Street Hill, Peter Barber Architects

BD Housing Architect of the year Peter Barber Architects have submitted a planning application for a delightful new tree lined public square of large terraced houses between Brick Lane and Shoreditch in the East End of London.

Fleet Street Hill by Peter Barber Architects

The scheme employs the practice’s trademark terrace/courtyard hybrid housing typology so that every home has its own street edge front door and good sized outside space in a ground floor courtyard and inset roof terraces.

Arcaded frontages echo the industrial vernacular of Bishopsgate Goods Yard while defining an informal terrace area at the edge of the square for the use of each family.

Fleet Street Hill by Peter Barber Architects

For the most part buildings alternate between three and four stories. The square is entered through two intimately scaled mews streets with steps cascading into the square from the adjacent railway bridge.

Fleet Street Hill by Peter Barber Architects

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A pencil thin tower is located on a prominent corner on the axis of Pedley Street alongside the entrance to the square.

“I think it’s brilliant that it will give local people a lovely new public square and community centre, and fantastic that 25 large families with children will be able to remain in this very desirable central location immediately next to the park, in generous size houses rather than flats.”
Peter Barber, Director

Fleet Street Hill by Peter Barber Architects

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  • Marcel

    I love the courtyard idea…community building is wonderful, especially incorporating nature into it! We are all biopheliacs!

  • edward44

    Gordon Cullen would approve. Love to live there.

  • kle

    Is good to hear about Peter Barber architects.
    I was very influenced by them in 2006, when I entered arch school, but I thought they were vanished behind mainstream starchitects.

    Their sensibility is very high, and I love the idea of bringing some pieces of Mediterranean into dull dark London.

    East London really needs public space, and the bright white :-) very good simple project !

  • anders

    he´s got that pritzker prize glare in his eyes

  • Just want to point out that as a former resident of the neighbourhood (near Bethnal Green Road & Cambridge Heath Road intersection) who lived in a somewhat buried courtyard (i.e., through alleys off a main road) with similarly limited entry points, I think that as aesthetically attractive as this is, its going to end up with a gate around it within a few months of building it, defeating the creation of public space. The minimal entry points to the courtyard with no immediate street access is an invitation to the petty crime that the area is well known for.

    • eel


    • jacob

      Courtyard is fronted by the dwellings, with their backs to the rail lines. Seems this would actually have the effect of putting more "eyes on the street" and limiting crime, no?

    • oct

      is there any area of London that is not known for crimes?

  • gorm

    the barber's on the fleet street…

  • eel

    very simple images – ti seems that good architecture needs no fancy renderings….

    • woet

      Ofcourse not. You cannot live in a fancy rendering right?

    • nicey

      i think the images are as fanciful, unrealistic and fundamentally as untruthful as anything a computer might generate. as for the architecture, equally unrealistic in terms of climate, and simplistically sentimental about living in london. looks like the architect has spent too long on holiday in port grimaud.

  • a really nice proposal – looks like a rustic village shipped in straight from the med – except replace the crystal blue skies with an overcast murk

  • Majd

    it's like a medina in morocco

  • niccombe

    Great concept, especially the roof terraces. I'm wondering what level of the Code for Sustainable Homes they will aim to achieve though?

  • mondo

    using the southern italian whitewashed hilltown typology here in the east end does not work.
    just have a look at thebuilding peter did on broadway market which looks shabby after several years of rain.
    then add the graffiti and local drunkards.

    the courtyard idea is fine – just stop pretending Brick Lane is Ostuni. try using another finish material please…..

  • The cities aren't made like this. He is drawing a new city with age scars. This is like doing an "old" furniture with new wood.

    Those entrance steps are just stupid and hidden somewhere in his memories!


  • A lovely idea expressed with lovely images.
    I sounds (I mean looks) like a nice place to live in but also kind of unreal.
    Not sure this will actually work out in real urban life – but I do hope so!

  • CLP

    Love those renderings…so simple, again it shows there is not always a need for over indulgent computer renderings to get your ideas across…learn to sketch CAD jockeys!


  • seems like its a nice neighbourhood…

  • karl

    lovely garden city, prince charles would have nothing to complain about :)