TQ3880 : Robin Hood Gardens, Cotton Street (3)

taken 8 years ago, near to Poplar, Tower Hamlets, Great Britain

Robin Hood Gardens, Cotton Street (3)
Robin Hood Gardens, Cotton Street (3)
An oblique view of the east side of the west block. Robin Hood Gardens is one of London's most notorious 1960s housing estates which is deeply hated by some but revered by others as a beacon of modern architecture. There are probably more people in the former camp than the latter. There are two blocks aligned roughly north-south with a patch of green space between them. They were designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in 1966-72, with Christopher Woodward and Ken Baker of the Greater London Council. The buildings embody the Smithsons' idea of "streets in the sky" and are an example of concrete Brutalism, with the pre-cast concrete being rough and shuttered. Pevsner comments that while being "impressively monumental" the scheme is also "inhumane" because of the high density, the narrowness of the decks and its proximity to busy roads on two sides.

Tower Hamlets Council plan to demolish the buildings and redevelop the site. A campaign by the Twentieth Century Society and others to halt this by applying for listed building status in 2008 was unsuccessful.
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TQ3880, 428 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
September 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 2 October, 2009
Category
Council housing estate   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 382 808 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.5802N 0:0.5452W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 382 808
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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