2007 – Completion of the Modular Abito Apartments


With the overarching aim of creating smarter 21st century living, we designed a nine-storey 256 compact modular apartment scheme.

Space utilisation was critical for each apartment; we eliminated dead space by overlapping functional areas and incorporating neat services pods containing a bathroom, utility cupboard, kitchen and wardrobe.

A huge amount of interest and many awards, including a RIBA Award, followed its completion. The practice was voted Private Housing Architect of the Year at the BD Architect of the Year Awards as the judging panel was “particularly impressed with the Abito apartments, a new concept aimed at first-time buyers, and people wanting a city crash pad.”

They continued “BDP is inventive and able to demonstrate that high density works and the scheme shows real innovation and that BDP has come up with a housing concept that had not existed before.”


Story by Gavin Elliott