Studio Visit: Vesta House

As part of the studio's Out and About programme, the practice visited Vesta House, DSDHA's London 2012 Olympic Village housing project, now in its legacy phase and occupied by tenants of what is now named East Village.

The practice was accompanied on their visit  by Tony O'Reilly of Get Living London, who provided a guided tour of the building's interior, from the generous atrium, to the two marketing apartments, as well as the communal roof garden.

DSDHA’s gateway residential tower greets visitors arriving from Stratford with its unique triangular typology and flatiron appearance. Providing 120 affordable apartments, its design has been generated by a detailed analysis of daylight provision to residents, anticipating nearby high-rise buildings in the future.

Generous balconies diminish in size over the height of the building to preserve amenity to lower level apartments, while internally a spectacular 14 storey atrium brings natural daylight flooding to all floors, creating a communal space for chance encounter and a connection with nature.

The cliff like treatment of the elevations echoes the geology and history of the site where chalk seams lie close to the Lea River Valley. 

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