Elmer’s Cottage



PROJECT BACKGROUND



The housing crisis and a pro-development National Planning Policy Framework has amounted to a large loss of Industrial land, yet 11% of London’s economy is based within industrial estates, with 18 million sq ft a year required to keep up with supply and growth.

The de-industrialisation of London is being caused by real estate speculation, rather than the GLA’s predictions of a natural decline in industry output. London’s industry performs unseen and vital functions, with the very fabric of the city produced within it. A city’s make up should not be a purely a residential one.

The Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise stated:

“The idea of an industrial park is really a modern phenomenon and what we will return to is a 19th century model, where industry is mixed around housing”

How can we propose a new model of living amongst industry?

Located on an industrial site which has serviced the city since the C17th through farming to provision of construction materials, this scheme looks to explore alternatives ways to bring together industry and residential, creating a factory dwelling.

Typically industrial process is hidden; this project looks to bring it to the forefront, celebrating productive space and supporting the rise of craft and ‘cottage industries’, reconnecting the public to the important role industry plays, through education and the shared knowledge of manufacture.


PROJECT DETAILS



Location: London, UK
Programme: Residential / Light Industrial
Cost: £30,000
Status: Competition Entry
Client: Architecture Foundation

PROJECT OVERVIEW


The project explores the deindustrialisation of London. The site, which has serviced the city since the C17th, will retain its industrial use, yet create a dwelling.
The project proposes a short term ‘holiday’ let in which occupants stay and are charged the production of ceramic tiles which will eventually clad the building.

Central to the design is the kiln, the fire, the traditional heart of home and factory, producing the coloured clay tiles which over the two-year life cycle will complete the building.

The project makes visible the hidden industrial process; celebrating productive space, supporting the rise of craft and reconnecting the public to the important role of industrial production through education and the shared knowledge of manufacture.

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