Today, the Royal Institute of British Architects launches a captivating new architecture exhibition at Somerset House, exploring imaginative uses for abandoned spaces across London.
The exhibition features 26 of the best proposals from the hugely popular Forgotten Spaces ideas competition, alongside a selection of completed regeneration projects across the Capital.
The exhibition itself opens up some of Somerset House’s own hidden spaces and corridors. It explores the background and context of the competition winners and provides a thought provoking tour of London’s overlooked places.
The winning proposal, receiving £5,000, was Fleeting Memories by 4orm – which calls for the resurgence of the River Fleet at King’s Cross; second prize went to Studio Pink for a swimming pool complex under the Silvertown Flyover and third prize went to Chris Allen, Marcus Andren, Michael Gyi for a new bowling alley and microbrewery at the Royal Docks. Full details follow below.
From Somerset House’s Great Arch Hall, through the winding Courtyard Lightwells, to the atmospheric Deadhouse, the exhibition uncovers the full story behind each competition entry.
Designed by architecture practice - Studio Glowacka and communications designers Thomas Matthews, the exhibition draws inspiration from the construction phase of a development project, where the temporary enabling works are the transition between the empty site and the physical reality of the project. Likewise, it is hoped the exhibition will provide the framework and platform for some of these innovative ideas to come to life.
Winners and commended schemes:
1st Prize: Fleeting Memories
by 4orm; Richard Gooden, Stephen Coleman, Claire Priest
Location: St Pancras Gardens, NW1 1UL
The winning proposal resurrects the buried Fleet River as it flows near St. Pancras Station and replaces the Pancras Road with a new riverside park. It provides a destination for visitors, a route for pedestrians and cyclists, and a unique addition to the local network of open spaces.
By Studio Pink: a collaborative studio of Atelier Chang and DH Liberty; Dara Huang, Soohyun Chang, Heather Lyons, Ryan Day, Remo de Angelis, Federica Russo, and Lisa Hinderdael.
Location: Silvertown Way Flyover, E16 1AF
A swimming pool and spa proposal for the Royal Docks area provides a memorable sensory and spatial experience.
3rd: Silvertown Brewery
By Chris Allen, Marcus Andren, Michael Gyi
Location: Silvertown Way Flyover, E16 1AF
The project creates a destination out of Silvertown rather than being a place of transit. A microbrewery and bowling venue are introduced, extending London’s rapid resurgence into brewing and the world’s beer scene.
Commended: An Aerial View
BT Tower, W1T 4JZ
Reclaiming the decommissioned aerial platforms of the BT tower, the proposal wraps the space in a curtain forcing the viewer to question the building's familiarity; it transforms the platforms from a defunct piece of public infrastructure into a glamorous civic space.
By Patrick Judd & Ash Bonham
Greenwich Gas Holder, Greenwich, SE10 0PF
The Gasworks gives new purpose to a redundant but historically significant structure, providing a social and cultural heart to future communities with the provision of new parklands, a public square and venue space.
Commended: Museum of Memories
By Claire Moody
121 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HR
Situated on the old London Necropolis Railway terminus, the Museum of Memories provides a place to share the past through experiential exhibits and an archival library of artifacts to preserve memories.
Commended: Urban Agri-Aqua Culture
By Ian Wale, Peter Wale
Lower Marsh Lane, Surbiton, KT1 3BW
Inhabiting a decommissioned sewage treatment site, a new urban farm is created for the production of fish, fruit and vegetables. It aims to increase the amount of locally produced, bought and consumed food.
Commended: The Royal Pavilion
By Mike Taylor and Daniel Marmot
Pier Road, Woolwich, E16 2JJ
A disused platform in North Woolwich is reimagined as the plinth for a new pavilion, which takes the name of the Royal Pavilion pub formerly on the site. A riverside terrace creates a new destination, with flexible community space below.
The Forgotten Spaces exhibition will be open to the public daily, 10.00 – 18.00, 4 October – 10 November 2013. Entry is free and accessed via the Great Arch entrance on Victoria Embankment. Check Somerset House opening times for full details.
The RIBA London Forgotten Spaces project is partnered by Qatari Diar, Ordnance Survey and the Mayor of London and is supported by the Royal Town Planners Institute (RTPI) and the Landscape Institute.
Dates: 4 October – 10 November 2013
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm Daily.
Address: South Wing, Lightwells, Deadhouse and Great Arch Lobby, Somerset House, London, WC2R 1LA. Access via Victoria Embankment entrance
Transport: Temple, Embankment Charing Cross, Waterloo
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