Set along the horizontal access decks raised up in the sky, the homes of Robin Hood Gardens were bathed in light. It’s a feature of the “ordinariness and light” that the architects sought for the scheme – well-proportioned flats and maisonettes of one to four bedrooms, all with dual aspect and opening out to the views and the expanse of sky. Not locked away from the light, the estate’s homes were modulated by it – formed at the threshold between closed and open, inside and outside.
The family in this photograph is framed by one of the design’s distinctive, deck-level triangular windows, which illuminated the hallway and staircase down to the floor below. For the opposing and interlocking maisonette, the stairway led upwards from the deck, all the apartments slotted together in this way, producing varying arrangements of rooms.