September 15, 2009

variety & context...

Dwelling Accordia
Paul Drew & Ivor Richards
Black Dog Publishing (2009)
rating: 3.5 stars
Accordia is a housing estate in Cambridge by a group of architects each designing a different aspect of the project. Dwelling - Accordia mimics an exhibition catalogue, capturing what is on show whilst making scholarly contribution by means of descriptive texts, case study and images. The writing however is heavy-handed in its commendation of the scheme and denies the reader any objective engagement with the topic. Notwithstanding Accordia is praiseworthy deserving of the Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture; demonstrating “a coherent architectural language of subtlety and variety” sensitively maintaining the context in the balance of the urban and suburban.

The Accordia housing development is a 380 unit, 9.5 hectare housing estate completed in April 2006 completed by Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with contributions by MacCreanor Lavington, Alison Brooks Architects and Grant associates.

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