London Housing Estate Shows Signs of Colourful Improvement

By Jordan Kushins on at

Housing estates in London are a little intimidating from the outside; many of the post-war structures are hulking brutalist towers surrounded by a complicated labyrinth of monochrome concrete. But one estate in London just got an upgrade showing what a difference colour can make.

Lambeth's Stockwell Park, the estate in question, recently got a new look from FutureCity, who teamed up with hat-trick design studio to come up with a cheery series of bright tiles that now serve as a wayfinding system throughout the flats.

London's Brutalist Housing Blocks Just Got a Bright Upgrade

London's Brutalist Housing Blocks Just Got a Bright Upgrade

London's Brutalist Housing Blocks Just Got a Bright Upgrade

Local artists and creative types—designers, illustrators, and graffiti artists—were commissioned to contribute patterns to the project, which flank everything from on-site maps to address plates to birdhouse roofs.

London's Brutalist Housing Blocks Just Got a Bright Upgrade

London's Brutalist Housing Blocks Just Got a Bright Upgrade

London's Brutalist Housing Blocks Just Got a Bright Upgrade

These kinds of subtle touches can actually go a long way. Visitors will have a clear visual on how to get from here to there, but also for residents, who likely don't have much authority to jazz-up the surroundings on their own. And since all the selected works were inspired by the neighbourhood, hopefully the results help to inspire a bit of local pride. [Design Indaba]