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Gross Max to remodel Brixton

Landscape architect Gross Max will mastermind plans to create a new public space in the heart of Lambeth in south London after winning a competition to redesign Brixton's central square.

The Edinburgh-based practice beat entries from Will Alsop and Martha Schwartz, Erick van Egeraat and Hopkins Architects to scoop the prize.

The winning design will link Brixton's Tate Gardens with Windrush Square and St Matthew's Church gardens in a project costing almost £6 million. The new space will incorporate a series of reflecting pools, illuminated carbon-fibre poles and an elongated pergola complete with an electronic billboard.

In recognition of the area's large Caribbean community, there will also be a specially designed paving strip imprinted with a complete passenger list of all those who sailed to Britain on board the Empire Windrush in 1948.

The proposal includes a glasshouse and winter garden packed with plants from Africa and the West Indies, which will be lit from within at night to create a giant shadow projection of the plants on the structure's outer skin.

In its competition submission, Gross Max said: 'The vibrant urban culture of Brixton has not yet found a spatial expression. Brixton Square has a 24-hour cycle; a tidal range of urban flotsam. This vibrancy should be celebrated and catered for.' The revamp is one of 10 pilot projects launched as part of mayor Ken Livingstone's 100 Public Spaces for London programme.

Elsewhere in the capital Gross Max is currently remodelling Hammersmith's Lyric Square and St John's Square in Clerkenwell.

Meanwhile in Europe, the firm is working on a number of projects with Zaha Hadid, including the Zorrozaurre Bilbao masterplan and a commission for BMW in Leipzig.

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