Walmer Yard forms a discreet and private set of four interlocking houses totalling more than 800m2, set around an open courtyard. This building, designed and crafted by Peter Salter together with Fenella Collingridge, and developed by Crispin Kelly, is the reflection of a long education and the product of a decade of learning, thought and inspiration. From the play of light, shadow and colour, to the intense celebration of materials and constantly fresh sequences of spaces, these houses celebrate what architecture can deliver at the domestic scale. Join me for a unique tour of the four homes and courtyard space which are not normally open to the public. We'll discuss the ideas, materials and craft that went in to the contruction of these unusual houses.
I am the Keeper of Walmer Yard, a development of four unique homes designed by the award-winning architect Peter Salter. I run the Baylight Foundation, a charitable organisation with the aim of increasing the public understanding of what architecture can do, rooted in the experience of Walmer Yard. I was previously the Architecture Editor of the Architects' Journal and have worked at the Royal Academy of Arts and taught architecture at a number of UK institutions.
Described by the Observer Architecture Critic Rowan Moore as a space of 'uncompromising beauty', Walmer Yard consists of four houses around a small courtyard in Notting Hill. Having taken more than a decade to build the homes are full of interesting details, materials and exquisite craftmanship.
Unfortunately due to the nature of these private homes there is no access for those in wheelchairs. Please do bare in mind that the tour will include walking up a number of stairs. Books on the homes will also be available to purchase at the end of the tour.
Tour the architecture of Walmer Yard