Roy Square building, Limehouse Homes, Architecture Design, Narrow Street Property Image

Roy Square Limehouse, London Architecture

East London Housing design by Ian Ritchie Architects, England, UK

Roy Square in Limehouse

Date built: 1988

Design: Ian Ritchie Architects

Location: Narrow St, Limehouse, London E14

Roy Square Limehouse
photo from Ian Ritchie Architects 2007

The property is focused on a narrow square with a beautiful water feature. As an architecture student in Manchester the landscape with its clever mirrored water styling was an influence, and a frequent reference point. It is interesting to see the architects’ website focuses on the landscape, notably the elegant water feature, rather than a more architectural photo of the housing. Here is what the architects say about the project:

he architecture is a contemporary interpretation of Georgian urban residential architecture. The use of the site is primarily residential. The organisation of the accommodation has aimed to:

– create an identifiable urban development – a city block.
–provide a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and business accommodation at street level.
– create an internal landscape to provide an internal focus and sense of place which is both private and communal, and which respects the needs of both.
– create a public pedestrian route from the north (Limehouse Basin) through the site to link with the public access to the Thames at Blyth’s Jetty.
– create an opportunity for future development to be related to the site, particularly to the north. The architecture of the scheme is informed by the following:
– respecting the quality of existing conservation area riverside housing.
– creating a positive ‘street-house’ relationship, both on Narrow Street and within the new development, consistent with the historical residential footprint of the area.
– expanding the material feel given by the few neighbouring buildings.

Roy Square design : Ian Ritchie Architects

Location: Narrow St, Limehouse, East London, south east England, UK

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