The renovation at the heart of the Milton Gardens Estate was conceived as part of a wider programme to transform Hackney’s Youth Services by creating new and improved buildings in each of its operation neighbourhoods. Matthew Lloyd Architects’ design has transformed the existing youth centre, a former parking garage, into a sophisticated modern facility with flexible multi-use spaces surrounding a central hub. New light tunnels set into the roof bring daylight into the heart of the plan. The building’s presence is enhanced by openings in its boundary walls, highlighting the entrance and transforming the elevations to create a sleek and visually accessible structure. New graphite coloured cladding re-skins the building and generous openings are framed by bright flashes of colour. The front courtyard is edged by newly planted trees and a herb garden; a private courtyard at the side has fixed benches, slate paving and a timber screen to support planting.
The design was developed through close consultation with the future users, including open evenings, user group meetings and workshops for young people, in addition to ongoing client meetings.
Hackney Learning Trust for London Borough of Hackney