Voltaire is an unusual, concave curved block of fifteen flats completed in 1963. Standing at the junction of Ennerdale Road and Branstone Road, near Kew Gardens, the three-storey building is mid-century modern in style, has a t-shaped footprint and is surrounded by gardens at the front and back.
A map surveyed in 1959 shows it was built on the site of a detached house (or possibly two houses) and grounds: a larger area than most neighbouring plots. Its curved design and unusual name prompted curiosity as to its origin and, having discovered the name ‘A.V. Pilley’ on a planning permission document dated 5th August 1961, Voltaire residents decided to find out more. This resulted in them wanting to share what they found with an informative and educational website.
Two Lizards were tasked with producing a simple yet effective website that, through the design, evoked the era that the building was constructed. As the majority of the images provided were greyscale this led to the design having a ‘reportage’ look and feel, very much in keeping with the age. The WordPress template design allows the client to add more content and imagery with ease when required.