Lasdun designed the Hallfield Estate, while a partner in Tecton, for Paddington Borough Council. It was a radical departure from traditional working class housing in an attempt to produce something better through the public sector.

With its well maintained landscaping, and access balconies still without the need for controlled entries, it is clearly successful. Originally the estate had its own shops and laundry, but like all shops put in the centre of an estate they proved unsustainable, to use a contemporary phrase. (Contrast with the shops in Powell & Moya's Churchill Gardens which face outwards.)

The elevational treatments avoid the merely utilitarian, but their abstract art in scale with the blocks thereby loses human scale. However perhaps Lasdun was right in stressing a community scale rather than an individualistic one.



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