We have a splendid community centre with adjoining garden. The contact details are as follows:
The Glasshouse, Parkview Estate, 161 Old Ford Road, London E2 9QB, Tel. Hall: 0203 754 0185.
The Glasshouse is managed by Tower Hamlets Homes. For time-table events click here.
The Parkview TRA has been in occupation of the Glasshouse since at least 1993. The Glasshouse is a bespoke design community centre constructed in the mid 50’s, towards the end of the period in which the entire estate was built. The estate lies within the Victoria Park Conservation area.
The Glasshouse is constructed of concrete with brick in-fill; ithas a highly original cantilevered frame construction, with glass window elevations to the entire elevated first floor levels, contained by metal framed windows and a continuous roof structure formed by three undulating curves, which are reminiscent of the concrete shell roofs used during the Second World War to cover aircraft hangars.
The Parkview Estate was constructed between 1950 and 1955 by the LCC, London County Council. It was designed by Debmetz & Birks, using a Swedish model as their inspiration. The estate is mentioned in Nicholas Pevsner’s “Pevsner Guide London S/East”, indicating that the estate is seen as a significant mid-twentieth century architectural design. The design guide also makes mention of the Glasshouse – it stakes that “within the estate there is a splendid community centre”.