muf architecture/art

Marian Court

Marian Court is a collaboration between Adam Khan Architects and muf architecture/art to create 160 new homes, a community centre and workspace for small businesses alongside improved public spaces and new walking and cycle routes in hackney

Conceived as a piece of the city rather than an estate, the repair of edge conditions and neighbourhood fabric and the creation of opportunities for sociability were key. Urbanism, landscape, building, and detail were designed holistically and iteratively.

A set of publicly accessible open spaces – the new street, play garden and work/play yard are accessed by celebratory, tenure-blind lobbies which connect street and garden. The public realm is designed as “4 metres thick” with a ground floor of workspace, community hall and kitchen under Council ownership. The footprint of the blocks delineates and responds to the public realm and gardens and a perimeter edge of planting creates places to sit and play.

The design was arrived at through a year of working closely with the generous and critical contribution of immediate and wider community and the client team, Hackney Council.

Marian Court is the final stage of the regeneration of the Bridge House and Marian Court Estate. Construction is expected to be completed by 2025. It was nominated for the Housing Design Awards 2019 and was selected for the NLA’s Public Housing: a London Renaissance exhibition.


Client: Hackney Council

Main Consultant, Architect: Adam Khan Architects

Public Realm, Collaborating Architect: muf architecture/art

Consultation Specialist: Daisy Froud.

Consultant: Rob Bevan

M&E, Fire, Structural Engineer: MLM

Graphic Design: Objectif

Lighting Design: Michael Grubb Studio

Planning Consultant: Tibbalds

Daylight/Sunlight Consultant: Point2Surveyors

SuDS: Robert Bray Associates

Transport Consultant: Project Centre