Lime Tree House, South London

Client: Hyde Housing Association

Providing 54 self contained flats, Lime Tree House is an extra care facility offering supported living for people with varying degrees of mobility. A variety of communal uses such as a residents’ laundry, hairdressing room and a clinic are provided, in addition to welcoming sitting rooms to create a lively atmosphere, maximising the opportunity for interaction. Communal areas benefit from large sliding glazed doors and views over landscaped gardens, incorporated to encourage residents to engage with each other and with the outside environment.

Natural materials such as iroko and ash are used in key locations and, overall, the approach uses form, material, colour and lighting in a way that gives the building a contemporary and non-institutional appearance whilst retaining a sense of ‘home’. Drawing on social approaches to architecture in the Netherlands and the notion of ‘living streets’, the design for Lime Tree House reduces the reliance on corridors to create usable spaces that optimise natural light and provides areas for interaction and activity.

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