Forgotten Spaces: Camden Gateway by 11.04 Architects
[CAMDEN] A new gateway for Camden High street
Once a dignified town space, the gateway to North London’s Camden Town is now poorly maintained, little used, and almost unrecognisable as a civic place. However, it has potential as an urban leisure site, and would do much to improve the experience, and remove the congestion for the 100,000 weekly visitors to Camden Town.
Most arrive by tube at Camden Town Station. The scheme by 11.04 Architects encourages them to also arrive at the less crowded Mornington Crescent Station down the road, thereby reducing congestion and boosting footfall to the southern section of Camden High Street.
The scheme also redraws the space, incorporating a performance plinth for buskers, a pleached hornbeam crescent for shade and atmosphere, and urban seating in crescent-shaped granite blocks to encourage congregation. The area is also one of London’s adult playgrounds and the new space is expected to be used at night time when it will be appropriately lit.
Forgotten Spaces: All 20 shortlisted entries feature in a public exhibition at the National Theatre until 4 July www.nationaltheatre.org.uk