Built using modern construction methods and composed of a non-differentiated mix of privately sold, Key Worker and socially rented apartments, Adelaide Wharf explores prototypes of both making and living. A ribbon of housing is folded into three wings to face a canal, a street and a park. The resulting U-shaped block is extruded up six storeys and then cut away at ground to allow glimpses of the leafy communal courtyard within and provide selective points of entry. The building’s façade - composed of layers of roughly sawn larch peppered with the bright protrusions of outdoor rooms - makes reference to the warehouses of packing crates that once occupied this Hackney site. It’s now home to 147 apartments and some ground-floor offices.

  • 2009 Building Magazine - Housing Project of the Year
  • 2009 Civic Trust Award
  • 2009 Civic Trust Special Award for Best Housing Project
  • 2009 GLA London Planning Awards for Best New Place to Live
  • 2009 Hackney Design Award
  • 2008 CABE Building for Life
  • 2008 Housing Design Award
  • 2008 RIBA Award for Architecture
  • 2008 RIBA National Award for Architecture
  • 2008 World Architecture Festival - Highly Commended

  • 2010 50 Years of London Architecture
  • 2008 Des Res
  • 2008 Waterfront London
  • 2007 Sustainable London
Hackney, London
£22 Million
First Base Ltd & English Partnerships
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
RSL Landlord
Family Mosaic with Housing Corporation funding
Main Contractor
Bovis Lend Lease
Structural Engineers
Adams Kara Taylor
Services Engineers
Waterman Building Services
Quantity Surveyors
Faithful and Gould
Building Manager
Tower Homes
Landscape Architect
Charles Funke Associates
Richard Woods
Fire Consultant
Warrington Fire
Acoustic Consultant
Sandy Brown Associates
Acoustic Consultant
David Bonnett Associates
Approved Inspector
Butler & Young
Planning Supervisor
Bovis Lend Lease
Planning Consultant
DP9 Planning Consultant
Transport Consultant
ARUP, Transport
Ecological Consultant
Ecology Solutions
Party Wall & Rights of Light
Goodman Mann Associates
Real Estate Consultant

AHMM opens doors for Open House 2016 13.09.16

Latest awards acclaim 08.07.16

Adelaide Wharf in BBC One's adaptation of Roald Dahl's Esio Trot 05.01.15