Robin Hood Gardens

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Robin Hood Gardens is a residential estate in Poplar, designed in the late 1960s by architects Alison and Peter Smithson and completed in 1972.

It was built as a Greater London Council housing estate with homes spread across ’streets in the sky’: social housing characterised by broad aerial walkways in long concrete blocks. It was partly a reaction against, Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation.

The scheme, the first major housing scheme built by the Smithsons, consisted of two blocks, one of 10 and one of seven storeys.

A redevelopment scheme, known as Blackwall Reach, involves the demolition of Robin Hood Gardens as part of a wider local regeneration project. The demolition of the western block occured in December 2017. The eastern block will also be demolished.

Part of the building has been preserved by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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