Centaur Street

Lambeth, London SE1

Architect: dRMM

Developer: Solidspace


About The Development

Owned by the London Borough of Lambeth, the site is located between 2 south London streets.

The scheme designed by dRMM architects underwent a thorough design process that was only completed in March 2003 and was constructed around 3 zones.

The 4 apartments in a 4-storey apartment have won innumerable awards, which include the RIBA 2003 London Building of the Year, RIBA 2003 London Regional Award, RIBA 2003 Housing Award, The Architect’s Journal 2003 First Building Award, CABE 2003 Building for Life Award, 2004 Civic Trust Award and the AIA London 2004 Design Excellence Award. The development has also been shortlisted for the 2005 Mies Van der Rohe Award.

  • Year built: 2003

  • Gross internal area: 618m2 each

  • Number of units: 4

  • Number of levels: 4


About the developer

Solidspace is an independent developer, founded by architect Roger Zogolovitch, that produces bespoke, site-specific, and meticulously designed projects. Working on small backland sites, Solidspace unlocks the potential of these spaces, many of which others overlook, to create homes that are customised for the inhabitants yet embrace their locale. 

All of their developments are driven by light, volume and character, which is why it employs the unique Solidspace DNA, which is their trademark design. The Solidspace concept allows space for living, eating and sleeping over an open series of half levels. It was designed to make full use of both volume and light, which in turn, produces spacious, atmospheric homes that are flooded with natural light by taking out unnecessary walls. By employing half levels, the stairs double up as corridors, creating a double-height void.

Solidspace believes that it is small and medium-sized developments that will make a difference to cities today. They are campaigning for the recognition of independent developments where architects, self-builders and small developers should be given the opportunity and freedom to design creatively.


Solidspace DNA



About the Architect

dRMM was founded by Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh and Sadie Morgan in 1995.

Known for creating high quality architecture that is beneficial to society, the studio of architects have won a multitude of awards including Building Design (BD) Architect of the Year 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

The team believes that exceptional architecture is a result of client collaboration, creative design, awareness of environment and building innovation. They are willing to go the distance to understand and fulfil the needs of clients via detailed research and careful practice whilst using standardised, cost-effective materials and construction methods to produce creative architecture.

They are passionate about creating architecture that transforms and inspires with refreshing approaches to challenge the current expectations.


Press and Awards

  1. Shortlisted Mies van der Rohe Awards 2005.

  2. Design Excellence Award AIA London 2004.

  3. Civic Trust Award 2004.

  4. CABE Building for Life Award 2003

  5. The Architect's Journal First Building Award 2003

  6. Housing Award, RIBA Awards 2003

  7. London Regional Award, RIBA Awards 2003

  8. London Building of the Year Award, RIBA Awards 2003










"It's been such a pleasure living here that most of our free time is now spent at home."

- Gillian, Essex Mews


"It's a fabulous, fabulous development."

- Magdalena, Shepherdess Walk