231 Old Kent Road community hub was designed from RIBA Stages 1 - 4 for Southwark Council and the Southwark Young Advisors community group. The Southwark Young Advisors, a group of young people from ethnically diverse backgrounds, all sharing the aspiration to create change within their local community. 231 OKR was envisioned by Southwark Council as a key part of its regeneration strategy, including its engagement with under-represented community groups in the regeneration of the Old Kent Road.
London Festival of Architecture The Square Mile, London 2022
Deft.Space, alongside collaborators from Studio DASH, came up with the conceptual design for an Eco Home Pavilion to be erected in London’s Square Mile. Our entry into this competition explored modularity and climate-adaptive design, as a means of tackling the climate crisis in building and in everyday life.
We collaborated with the Migration Museum to develop a design concept and layout for the exhibition, ‘Taking Care of Business and the Making of Modern Britain’. Our design echoed the high street experience with different themes of the exhibition arranged behind framed openings headed with shop names.
Deft.Space is part of a wider design team led by Jestico + Whiles to deliver a masterplan for 1,750 new affordable homes on a site of 7.5 hectares for the London Borough of Newham. We are collaborating with Jestico + Whiles to design the new homes that will be part of the first phase of the development to be built. We are also collaborating with AR Urbanism to deliver an extensive programme of community engagement and co-production.
We enjoy collaborating with communities to create places, buildings and spaces that are culturally inclusive and representative of the needs of diverse groups. Our approach to engagement includes co-design workshops, prototypes and meanwhile uses as test beds and participatory installations. We are interested in implementing activities and interventions that empower communities to influence design outcomes and encourage social action.
Deft.Space is leading a team of consultants to deliver services covering RIBA Stage 1 and 2. The design team’s output will support future rounds of funding applications to enable the full refurbishment of the building.
Deft.Space developed initial concept proposals for a permanent home for the East End Women’s Museum, the first women’s museum in the UK, whose primary aim is to promote gender equality through historical and contemporary stories of women. The museum will occupy a ground floor unit in a residential development in Barking.
A team led by Deft.Space was invited to submit proposals for a new build social housing above a ground floor community space on the site of the Old Peckham Library. We proposed a collaborative approach, working closely with local residents and community groups to deliver a development that fit sensitively into place, knits well into the existing community and is environmentally sustainable.
A remodel of a terraced home that would both serve live and work needs. The initial brief developed from a simple refurbishment to an adaptable home that responds specifically to the clients’ daily routines and needs.