200 zero carbon homes coming to London

Kerry Boettcher
Friday 01 May 2015

Astudio takes the leading role in in the creation of sustainable homes across new neighbourhoods at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Astudio are currently working on the design for 200 zero carbon homes as part of a sustainability strategy for the new neighbourhoods of East Wick and Sweetwater within the Olympic Park. 

As part of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s plan to create thousands of new homes in east London, this sustainable development will include apartments, mews, studios, townhouses, a new primary school and two nurseries, along with shops and public areas, all spread across three sites. 

Astudio’s designs actively respond to the architectural character and typology of local warehouses and light industrial units around Hackney Wick, featuring large windows to maximise daylight, exposed raw materials and sloped roofs. The design team also looked to complement the materials of the permanent venues of the Olympic Park, such as the Copper Box Arena, as well as the Kings Yard Energy Centre. 

Working closely with KHL Sustainability, Astudio has been responsible for actively modelling typical units, challenging the orientation of blocks and in doing so, maximising daylight to apartments and internal courtyards. 

The remit could be further expanded with the possibility of a mixed use healthcare and residential building at the heart of the area’s master plan.

Max Rengifo, Director of Astudio said: “We are fascinated by the relationship between the local scale of buildings in Hackney Wick and their industrial use and character. Our designs will reflect this interplay, whilst embracing the vibrancy of the area’s independent traders, art studios, bars and restaurants.”

The first homes will be available in 2017, with completion of the entire development planned for 2023. 

The 2015 WAN Sustainable Architecture Award is now open for entries. 

Kerry Boettcher

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