Photographs from my initial shoot at Urban Salon’s Bermondsey Island housing project have been published in a four page article in this week’s Building Design. The scheme offers 13 new affordable rented one and two bedroom flats, situated on a tight island site next to the Bermondsey Square development. It features an unusual black brick skin, made using a system where the blocks stack and overlap (see the close-up photo which hopefully offers better explanation).
The project was initially won via an ideas competition held by the Architecture Foundation back in 2003. Which just goest to show that sometimes you have to be very very patient when working as an architect.
Despite the archetypal blue skies and white fluffy clouds, the weather on the day of the shoot was pretty grim, so it was simply a matter of setting up and waiting for a break in the gloom to get each shot. Matters were made worse by a road traffic collision near to the building, which meant that stationary cars, buses and lorries became unwanted extras, causing another long pause in proceedings.
The article can be found here> (behind subscription paywall).