Gibberd at open house London
Now in its silver anniversary year, Open House London opens its doors to some of Gibberds reputable buildings and spaces. Pullman Court, Chrisp Street Market and Fulwell Cross Library are all buildings to look out for this year.
Frederick Gibberd Architects were appointed to design one of the chief examples of International Modern style developments in Britain, located in Streatham Hill. The design of 218 flats with a variety of one- to four-room units are organised over three blocks bound by a belt of mature trees to diminish noise disruption. As a consequence to the housing shortage, the attractiveness of communal housing schemes and wider availability of reinforced concrete and steel, Gibberd were presented with an opportunity to provide a design with an awakening diversity of planning and detailing. The two blocks are organised in order to capitalize on natural daylight of varied massing and scale nested by central courtyards interspersed with lawns and mature trees. The scheme is sensitive to landscape in the preservation of existing trees and the way in which the design encourages outdoor space overlooking the covered reservoir of the Lambeth waterworks. The elongated balcony walkways accentuate the robust impact of the five and seven storey blocks and bestows an enjoyable living environment influenced by the Bauhaus movement. In 1995 the external fabric of the buildings was expansively refurbished and notably cultivated from a Grade II to Grade II* Listed development.
Chrisp Street Market
This bustling east end Chrisp Street Market was originally a Victorian street market. The centre was designed by Frederick Gibberd as part of the ‘living architecture’ element of the 1951 Festival of Britain and was the first pedestrianised shopping centre of its kind. This redevelopment, after the Second World War, provided a central square that became not only the first pedestrian shopping centre in Britain but also a landmark in new urban design.
The whole area still has many of these prominent architect features to show for it, such as the iconic Clock Tower shown below and the traditional 1950 style housing lining Market Way. Chrisp Street Market has so much to offer and a great deal to be proud of – a vibrant, diverse centre, with a strong sense of identity and heritage as a market and a retail area. The centre is located in the heart of Tower Hamlets and its catchment area represents an enormous potential customer base
Fulwell Cross Library
Frederick Gibberd was appointed as architects to Ilford council for a high-profile scheme on a prominent site overlooking the Fulwell Cross roundabout. The design evolves over a decade from an original proposal for an Olympic-sized swimming pool, with the scope increased to include a library which eventually becomes the focus of the scheme. This is a striking circular design surmounted by a radial fluted concrete shell roof rising from a clerestory of arched windows illuminating the central space. The building is listed as Grade II.