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about HoA

house of annetta opened in 2021 as a new social centre to support spatial justice and land reform - building on the ethos of the edith maryon foundation, which was established in switzerland in 1990 to decommodify property and is the current steward and legal owner of the house.Our ambition for the project is to slowly grow an organisation in parallel with the continual construction of the building. we want to honour the critical, uncompromising and complex way in which annetta lived - to be careful, political and inventive. we hope that in the future, the house can be an evolving resource that supports people with time and space to think critically about the world around them.



   who’s  involved

 

an international team 


The coalition of organisations and advisors supporting and or working on the project brings together expertise across multiple areas of the architectural, heritage and
cultural sector from building vision, local history, community organising,business planning, stakeholder engagement and architecture within complex heritage contexts.


HoA team: 





ASSEMBLE
house of annetta is being developed by assemble, a multi-disciplinary design collective based in london.

                            

annetta pedretti

over 40 years until her death in 2018, 25 princelet st was been home to annetta pedretti, who used the space to create a powerful collection of theoretical, architectural and artistic projects.
in 1981 on the second floor annetta started a printing press, `princelet editions`, publishing books about how language, design and thinking could change the way we interact with the world.

                                   
                                  






edith maryon foundation
this is the first UK project by SEM. the nonprofit foundation sees its mission as removing, in dialogue with owners and users, land and properties from the stream of commerce and inheritance in such a way that they are no longer objects of speculation but instead made available,permanently but flexibly, to new projects that serve society. in each of their projects - of which there are over 100, the primary
goal in each case is to enduringly secure socially responsible places of residence and work. the foundation strives to a create a situation of
transparency in regard to questions of land use, and is committed to high-density and mixed-use development, to biodynamic agriculture, and to green
building methods.


                              

trust and trustees 


                                             


(photo taken on 8th october 2021 during the first trustee meeting.) photo
with our shared interest in land rights and housing justice. assemble is in residency onsite helping to grow and develop the house of annetta. we have set up office space on the first floor and will be here every week from wednesday to friday.

we are working with shared assets to develop conversations about how we can use the house to establish a new charity to pursue the ethos of the edith maryon foundation in the UK.

the edith maryon foundation “seeks to withdraw land from the flow of commodities and hereditary property and thus from speculation permanently to promote social housing or workplaces” with a focus on the social and economic outcomes of asset ownership.

We are currently doing fundraising  to support various projects and programmes to take place over the coming months which include:


  • Growing the back garden space with Land in Our Names

  • Communal eating events with Tati

  • Developing a UK School for Designing a Society

  • Women in construction workshops to build a temporary kitchenette for the first floor


                                     
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