Hedge House creates affordable housing for Londoners

White Arkitekter has won the BB-Green Award in the London Affordable Housing Challenge for its proposal ‘Hedge House’, a new housing typology which uses post-war housing estates to create affordable housing.

The London Affordable Housing Challenge, an open international competition, sought a pilot-phase concept for easily rolled out affordable housing to increase the British capital’s housing stock. White’s response was the concept Hedge House, a new housing typology which has a positive impact on the public spaces surrounding London’s many post-war housing estates. It repairs and uses the urban fabric, public parks and spaces between them by addressing what does not currently work, healing the estates without affecting existing affordable homes.



The BB-Green award is given to the proposal considered the most sustainable within the Challenge.

With a low site cost, no demolition or loss of existing affordable homes and a small, efficient footprint with lightweight construction that allows for pre-fabrication with a simple repetition of elements, Hedge House ticked all the boxes.

The concept creates better spaces on both of its sides: a calm park protected from street noise on one side and a lively city street with people and front doors o the other. With its green facades the building becomes part of the park, creating a natural border. It also contributes with duplex apartments featuring unique qualities, such as easy access to the park and private roof terraces for families with young children. The ground floor accommodates cafés, art galleries, shops and small business units.

Hedge House creates a socially sustainable solution for Londoners as well as adding greenery and addressing underused public space in the city.

Hedge House enables affordable densification, new active street frontage and creates a sense of ownership of existing green urban spaces, with no demolition and by building at the human scale. The green facades and shared roof terraces promote wellbeing and a sense of community.
David Saand, lead architect for the project

Designed with prefabrication in mind, the modular system can be adapted to fulfill the needs of any number of sites, scale and access requirements. With its characteristic slim silhouette, all rooms in the Hedge House benefit from the best lighting conditions throughout the day. Semi-transparent green facades and in-house balconies create private and semi-private calm spaces where tenants can enjoy the city without being exposed.

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