An Evening at Walmer Yard

Added on by Jo Townshend.

Last week JTA were lucky enough to be invited to an evening at Walmer Yard; four interlocking houses crafted around a small courtyard in Notting Hill, designed by architect Peter Salter and developed by Crispin Kelly. 

The event was to show thanks to those who contributed to Open City’s Architecture in Schools Programme in which Jo Townshend Architects took part, tutoring a group of year 5s from Eltham in the principles of scale and architectural drawing conventions.

We were blown away by the level of consideration that had been applied to produce a space which used interplay of materiality, light and colour so successfully. Every corner turned provided delight and wonder, something we should all strive to achieve in residential developments!

After Peter Salter gave a speech describing some of the design decisions behind the project, visitors were invited to take part in a treasure hunt around the four houses, with each hiding space providing a question for an architectural quiz!

This fun activity, fuelled by an excellent selection of drinks and nibbles, provided a great way for us to explore every nook and cranny (and secret staircase!) of each house as well as mingle with architects from other practices.

With the quiz answers and impromptu animal/plant based design schemes handed in, the Open City team announced the results. JTA came away with a very proud second place and a lovely goody bag to boot!

Hats off to architect Peter Salter and developer Crispin Kelly and many thanks to Sophie Draper and the rest of the Open City team for a great night.