THE WAY FORWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN HOUSING

DALSTON LANE SOUTH

Dalston in East London is home to a diverse mix of people, from students to young professionals to families. We designed a building where all these people could thrive together, creating a blueprint for sustainable housing in tough urban environments.

Dalston Lane South Achitectural Concept Sketch

Artistic sketch © Arup Associates 

Dalston’s first large-scale public space in over a century

 

DALSTON LANE SOUTH

LISTENING TO LOCAL RESIDENTS

Working with the London Development Agency (LDA) and Design for London, we obtained planning permission for a large-scale building with 250 residential units plus a library, document archive and shops.

Our original plans included a small pedestrianised area, but after consulting local people, it became clear that the community was lacking a larger outdoor space. We updated our plans, creating higher-density housing that made space for a welcoming, leafy piazza to the side of the building – Dalston’s first large-scale public space in over a century.

Dalston Lane South Visualisation

Dalston Square has become a landmark in the local community © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Dalston Lane South West Elevation

West elevation © Arup Associates 

Dalston Lane South Completed Building

Completed building © Hufton and Crow Photography 

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Dalston Lane South Arial Visualisation

Ariel visualisation © Arup Associates 

Dalston Lane South Completed Facade

Completed facade © Hufton and Crow Photography 

DALSTON SQUARE WAS FULLY OCCUPIED AS SOON AS IT WAS COMPLETED

DALSTON LANE SOUTH

HOMES FOR LOCAL PEOPLE

The homes in Dalston Square range from one to five bedrooms. Fifty per cent of the homes are affordable housing. And unlike many other big housing developments, we prioritised families by including safe, enclosed terraces and private gardens.

Dalston Square was fully occupied as soon as it was completed because of the variety and high-quality of homes on offer.

Dalston Lane South Achitectural Concept Sketch Incorporating Large Open Spaces

After speaking to local residents, we amended early plans and included a larger open space © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Dalston Lane South Typical Plan with Terrace

Typical plan with terrace © Arup Associates 

Dalston Lane South Large Scale Public Space

Dalston's First Large-Scale Public Space in over a Century © Hufton and Crow Photography 

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Arup Associates; Dalston Lane South Enclosed Terrace

Enclosed Terraces © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Dalston Lane South Private Balconies

Private Balconies © Hufton and Crow Photography 

DALSTON LANE SOUTH

FITTING IN TO THE COMMUNITY

Our designs took the area’s diverse surroundings into consideration. With a busy main road on one side and quiet streets on the other, it was important that Dalston Square become a central hub, rather than an obstruction, for the community.

The library and shops have created new meeting points for local people and as the new outdoor space has been chosen as one of the London Mayor’s new 100 squares for London, there will be lots of exciting activities and events throughout the year.

Dalston Lane South Completed Building

Photograph of Completed building © Hufton and Crow Photography 

Dalston Lane South Becomes a Central Hub for the Community

Dalston Square become a central hub, rather than an obstruction, for the community © Arup Associates 

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Arup Associates; Dalston Lane South Ground Level Plan

Ground Level Plan © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Dalston Lane South Pedestrian Accessibility

Pedestrian accessibility as part of the public realm © Arup Associates 

MANY OF THE HOMES HAVE ENCLOSED TERRACES AND PRIVATE GARDENS

DALSTON LANE SOUTH

THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING

With low-energy measures including combined heat and power and a biomass boiler built into its design, Dalston Square is a blueprint for low carbon architecture.

More importantly it has played an important role in Dalston’s continued regeneration, becoming a landmark for the area and bringing together a diverse mix of Londoners. If the building’s design were replicated across London, the city’s housing shortage could be eliminated.

Dalston Lane South

Ariel photograph © Hufton and Crow Photography 

Dalston Lane South Room Decor

Room decor © Hufton and Crow Photography 

Arup Associates; Dalston Lane South Terrace Section

Terrace section © Arup Associates 

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BLUEPRINT FOR LOW CARBON ARCHITECTURE

 

Arup Associates; Dalston Lane South Public Transport Links

Dalston links © Arup Associates 

DALSTON LANE SOUTH

Client: London Development Agency
Architecture & Engineering: Arup Associates and Arup
Completion Date:December 2011
Arup Specialist: Environmental, Planning, Project Management,Transport

Awards

Award submissions will be made early in 2013 following the completion of the entire scheme including Dalston Square.