London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Architecture -

Smaller pri­vate de­vel­op­ers’ ef­forts recog­nised by RIBA in­clude those of Crispin Kelly. Trained as an ar­chi­tect, Kelly (bay­light.co.uk) has for 30 years de­vel­oped in­flu­en­tial, quirky com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial schemes both large and small, each show­ing a com­mit­ment to ar­chi­tec­tural ex­per­i­men­ta­tion.

Walmer Yard is four in­ter­lock­ing houses on a for­mer in­dus­trial site in salu­bri­ous Hol­land Park. It is de­signed by three architects — Peter Salter and As­so­ciates, Mole Architects and John Com­par­elli Architects. Salter, who led the team, is an ar­chi­tec­tural de­signer and teacher and the ex­per­i­men­tal scheme has been no less than seven years in the mak­ing — which speaks vol­umes for the creative com­mit­ment in­volved.

Its ex­posed con­crete interiors and eclec­tic mix of ma­te­ri­als and bold colours are highly un­likely to be copied by house­builders, but maybe it is pos­si­ble to de­tect in its de­ter­mined in­di­vid­u­al­ity some fu­ture trends. For ex­am­ple, the need for closer com­mu­nal liv­ing in the in­ner city, more shared com­mu­nal spa­ces, and the need to ex­press in­di­vid­u­al­ity de­spite prox­im­ity — some­thing which Tokyo seems to do bet­ter than Lon­don.

And there is a ro­bust­ness in the scheme’s ma­te­ri­als which looks lon­glast­ing and char­ac­ter­ful. This is not an anonymous repli­cant de­rived from other de­vel­op­ments. Point

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