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Vaudeville Court, Islington


Vaudeville Court began life as an open design competition to explore what affordable family housing in Islington could look like in the 21st century. The site was an underused set of garages, serving a tower block, located at the end of two terraced streets.

Our response was based around a new philosophy of ‘home-sown’ housing. We imagined the scheme as a holistic, productive landscape, where every single surface is designed to be useful. The design features 13 dwellings in a mixture of duplex homes on the ground and first floors, and two bedroom apartments above. Arranged in two terraces, with private gardens between them, the architectural design heals the existing terraces. Family homes have gardens and flexible 'garden' rooms, whilst covered decks for the apartments provide space for growing plants. Communal gardens will be shared with residents of the tower block, and run by the local gardening club.

For more details and a short film, read our Project Story.

Project Details:

An innovative, holistic social housing scheme in north London, which makes the most of every single millimetre of its site.

Client: Homes for Islington

Construction Value: £2.7m

Completion: 2015

Location: Islington


  • London Planning Awards 2017: Best Community Led Project: Shortlisted
  • RIBA Awards 2016: London: Winner
  • Civic Trust Awards 2016: Regional Finalist
  • Blueprint Awards 2016: Best Non-Public Project (Residential): Shortlisted
  • Planning & Placemaking Awards 2016: Best Housing Scheme (500 homes or less): Shortlisted
  • London Planning Awards 2016, Best New Place to Live: Shortlisted
  • Building Awards 2015, Small Project of the Year (up to £5m): Winner
  • Housing Design Awards 2015, Completed Project: Shortlisted
  • New London Awards 2015, Housing: Shortlisted
  • British Homes Awards 2015, Affordable Housing Development: Commended
  • Housing Design Awards 2012, Project Award: Winner
  • New London Awards 2012, Homes: Commended
  • London Planning Awards 2010, Best Conceptual Project Category: Shortlisted
  • The Islington Housing Competition: Winner

Image: Tim Crocker