Haddo Yard Signage

Designed at Burgess Studio

Haddo Yard in Whitstable, designed by Denizen Works, is a development of houses named after the character Oliver Haddo from Somerset Maugham’s novel The Magician. Haddo is based on the occultist Aleister Crowley.

The 47 numeral is intended to subtly evoke a Unicursal Hexagram, the symbol for Crowley’s Thelema religion. The bespoke letterforms are informed by the same geometry. The construction of the sign, with the iron letters standing within a frame, is inspired by signage found in the town of Cefalù in Sicily, where Crowley founded the short-lived Abbey of Thelema in 1920.

Haddo Yard was nominated for the 2018 Architects’ Journal Housing Project of the Year award.