Having designed Slip House we were interested to expand the idea as a model for medium to low-density suburban housing, relevant on an urban scale. We developed the idea for Slip Street for an exhibition entitled Housing London that took place at New London Architecture in 2012.
The key principles behind Slip Street, which may appeal to commercial developers and housing associations, is that placing most of the amenity space at roof level can reduce the plot size. We imagined a simple grid with shared private gravel and shingle ‘streets’.
We allowed for generous public spaces with a series of squares and pocket parks. Shared workshop building would be among the first built, with the secondary purpose of providing knock-about space lacking in the houses themselves.
We envisage a blend of private and affordable housing alongside self build houses to provide a good social mix.
Carl Turner Architects