CASPAR

Birmingham. 1999

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 1999
  • Cost: £2.3 Million
  • Clients: The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Positing a unique prototype for urban living, CASPAR Housing’s glazed-seam of bridges connects two multi-storey blocks of single-occupancy flats. The parallel blocks – one four-storey, the other five – are presented as individual structures with four elevations, connected by end-glazing, an over-sailing roof and a central shared courtyard. The lightweight bridges – individually accessing each of the 46 one and two bedroom flats – are a privacy-affording invention to replace shared decks and their staggered positions at the scheme’s centre is a move aimed at maximising natural light. The external canal and road-side faces of the building are clad in context-derived red brick, while the interior finish is opepe hardwood to emphasise the internal and more intimate nature of the courtyard.

Awards

British Construction Industry Awards 2001 EGAN Demonstration Project 1999