Peter Salter is an architect and teacher whose work has influenced several generations of students. The culmination of ten years of planning, Walmer Yard, in Notting Hill, is his first residential project in the UK and one of only a small number of buildings he has completed worldwide. Although modest in scale, the project is extraordinary in many ways. On an irregularly shaped site, Salter’s design brings four houses into a complex relationship with each other that is half formal, half familiar, interdependent, yet solitary. Similarly, the relationships between the core team members are more nuanced than in most architectural projects, since they all met at the Architectural Association in Peter’s unit, where Crispin Kelly (the client) and Fenella Collingridge (Peter’s current collaborator) were student contemporaries. This book documents the evolution of the project, and features Peter Salter’s original pen-and-ink drawings and Hélène Binet’s remarkable photographs.
> Peter Beardsell is a visiting critic at the Welsh School of Architecture. He taught at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and with Peter Salter at the Architectural Association and the University of East London.
> Fenella Collingridge teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture. For the past nine years she has collaborated with Peter Salter on the design and construction of his houses at Walmer Yard.
> Mark Dorrian holds the Forbes Chair in Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and co-directs Metis, an atelier for art, architecture and urbanism.
> Crispin Kelly studied history at Oxford, before qualifying as an architect, being taught by Peter Salter at the Architectural Association for two years. He founded Baylight Properties in 1982, and is the developer of the houses at Walmer Yard.
> Peter Salter is Professor of Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture. In 2004, he won the RIBA Annie Spink award for his outstanding contribution to architectural education.