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The Deck Access Housing Design Guide
A Return to Streets in the Sky

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ISBN 9781032218953
February 20, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages 350 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is the first practical design guide to deck access housing. It focuses on the contemporary use of deck access housing, sharing practical guidance and providing in-depth case studies, while also presenting historical context about this flexible and evolving housing type.

Despite a chequered history that saw it linked with urban decay and social malaise in the 1970s and 80s, deck access housing today, after a 40-year hiatus, is fast becoming the default solution for mid-rise housing in the UK, and London in particular. This is in part down to architects’ renewed interest in post-war Modernist typologies, but also due to specific planning standards that favour the qualities – dual-aspect plans, ‘public’ front doors – of deck access design.

This comprehensive, professional guide spotlights the best contemporary deck access housing in the UK and throughout mainland Europe, explaining and analysing exemplars in detail. Illustrated in full colour throughout with plans, elevations, photographs, project data and annotations, case studies include both new build and retrofit projects, in public housing, co-housing and Third Age residential projects.

Good architectural practice flows from an informed understanding of cultural and design history coupled with practical guidance and clear analysis of case studies. That is what this book provides for anyone interested in, or involved in the design and delivery of, deck access housing.

Featured UK architects:

AHMM · Apparata · Cartwright Pickard · Collective Architecture · DO Architecture · Hawkins Brown · Haworth Tompkins · Henley Halebrown · Levitt Bernstein · Maccreanor Lavington · Mæ · Matthew Lloyd · Pitman Tozer · Pollard Thomas Edwards · Proctor & Matthews · PRP · RCKa

Featured architects from mainland Europe:

ANMA · Arquitectura Produccions · Atelier Kempe Thill · Bureau Massa · DAMAST · Estudio Herreros · Fink + Jocher · KAAN · LEVS · Martin-Löf · MEF · Muñoz Miranda · Passelac & Roques · Waechter + Waechter

Table of Contents

Introduction  History  Case Studies  Types of Deck Access  United Kingdom  Mainland Europe  Practical Guide

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Andrew Beharrell is a former director and senior partner of Pollard Thomas Edwards, Andrew Beharrell has designed and delivered many award-winning projects throughout his 40-year architectural career. He now lends his expertise to PTE’s research and development group Knowledge Hub, maintaining and improving design standards across the practice. He has co-authored and edited a series of influential reports on topical housing and planning issues, including Superdensity, Altered Estates and Distinctively Local. He is a regular speaker at housing industry events.

Rory Olcayto is writer and critic at Pollard Thomas Edwards. A former editor of The Architects’ Journal and chief executive of Open City, the organisation behind Open House London, Rory has worked in architectural practice, as a videogames designer, and a journalist, in Glasgow, Liege, Istanbul and London. He has written and edited books on Mimar Sinan (The First Starchitect), Richard Rogers (British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre) and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (The Hill House: Not Forever). Rory studied architecture (BSc and MSc) at the University of Strathclyde.


‘The virtues of deck access housing are still a matter for debate, but recent examples gathered in this book show how valuable it can be. With photos, plans and explanatory texts setting out a wide range of case studies, fronted by a historical introduction and backed up with clear analytical guidance on variations of the typology and costing, The Deck Access Housing Design Guide argues convincingly for this solution. Professionals, students and anyone with an interest in contemporary housing will have their eyes opened.’ - Alan Powers, design history leader, London School of Architecture

‘This is a timely book which is both stimulating and informative, and tackles the social and technical challenges of deck access in a pragmatic way. Ultimately, this book shows that deck access can not only work, but also be life-enhancing, as long as thoughtful designers and clients are involved.’ - Claire Bennie, director, Municipal and former development director, Peabody