Alexandra road estate: the British heritage of an American architect Neave Brown

Yesterday I have decided to take a walk around the block, to clean my head and feel inspired again. I walked towards Camden, completely ignoring the passengers and focusing only on my thoughts as well as the environment. A lot of times I have passed through this one interesting place but never actually wondered what it is.

I want to show you one of the finest gems of London’s architecture. This one stands in Alexandra road and is called Alexandra road estate; a weird place that could be called an actual concrete jungle as it is mainly made of concrete and is full of beautiful plants.

Architect Neave Brown, who has died this month at the age of 88, was the brilliant mind that designed the Alexandra road estate in 1960s. The housing estate was completed in 1978 and was well known since that.

The Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate (also known as Alexandra Road) is the most famous of the projects completed during this period – others include the Dunboyne Estate, also by Neave Brown, Benson & Forsyth’s Branch Hill and Maiden Lane, and Peter Tabori’s Highgate New Town.

520 council housing flats of marvellous brutalist architecture appeared in a lot of movies as well as music videos and architecture lovers still go there to take a look at something different; houses that changed a view of high-rise housing. The place also includes a park (which is now being reconditioned), school, community centre, youth club and heating complex.

The development has been given a rare Grade II* listing by English Heritage in recognition of its architectural significance

For nearly 50 years the architect Neave Brown lived in London, Camden borough. The last place where he lived was one of his designed houses, in Dunboyne Road estate, Camden. Not surprisingly, the place is a prototype of the Alexandra road estate.

Some of the flats of the ex-Local Authority duplex are now on the leasehold and could be viewed even from the inside.

Take a look yourself:

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More about the place and the architect:

http://www.neavebrown.com/

http://blogs.bl.uk/sound-and-vision/2017/09/neave-brown-alexandra-road-estate.html

https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2017/oct/20/neave-brown-architect-council-housing-beautiful-riba-gold-medal

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jan/12/neave-brown-obituary

https://municipaldreams.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/the-alexandra-road-estate-camden-a-magical-moment-for-english-housing/

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