Sarah Wigglesworth Architects plan for Robin Hood Revival?
Robin Hood Gardens, London – possibly one of the most polarising housing developments in the UK. If the London Council of Tower Hamlets have their way, its days could be numbered. Plans are in motion to tear them down and replace them with one of two finalists in a redevelopment that would see a modern scheme engulf not only Robin Hood Gardens, but a large area around it. The schemes submitted have been lambasted by supporters of the Alison and Peter Smithson blocks in East London, and many plans and campaigns have begun in an attempt to save them from the architectural and historical trash heap.
Sarah Wigglesworth Architects has devised a scheme that could save them. Similar to the redevelopment of Park Hill in Sheffield, they have shown that it is possible to modernise these estates and make them more inhabitable, whilst at the same time retaining some of their original aspects. The scheme calls for extra flats to be added to the roof of the current building as well as the car park.
With fierce debate raging regarding the future of Robin Hood Gardens, the outcome could well spell out a blueprint for the future conservation, or lack thereof of British post-war architecture. What do you think? let us know in the comments!