Alexandra Road Camden

August 27th, 2010

UPDATE: Film of the estate at 8:00 Architecture_at_the_Crossroads


Made famous by The Bill on location, designed by Neave Brown under Sydney Cook as part of Cook’s Camden, and well known as one of a series of Modernist housing estates across London, Alexandra Road stands as a landmark both literally and metaphorically in the history of post war housing.

I went to see it on a wet Friday as part of my preparations for London Open House.  Each year over 700 buildings are opened to the public for anyone with an interest, to visit.  For much of the year most of them are accessible from the outside anyway and so in order to avoid trying to cram a large number of visits into two days I took a week off and toured London with a satnav in my pocket and a digital camera to try and cover some of the best known housing sites in one go.

The resulting photographs have been posted on Flickr and available here:-

http://www.flickr.com/photos/singleaspect/sets/72157627400684269/

UPDATE: See Alexandra Road – interior thanks to London Open House weekend.

See also: http://www.guardian.co.uk/housing-network/gallery/2011/oct/26/living-buildings-garden-museum-exhibition

Photos 6, 7, and 8 by Elizabeth Knowles.

UPDATE: Floor plans here, great website

http://modernarchitecturelondon.com/pages/alexandra-road.php

This related article from RedBrick – In memory of William Barnes

See also: Concrete and longing by Douglas Murphy

Architects Journal Buildings Library

http://www.ajbuildingslibrary.co.uk/projects/display/id/1834

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