SOUTH BANK TO FEATURE 'MODERN GROTTOS'
DSDHA has been appointed to design these two kiosks on a hugely sensitive site on the south bank of the River Thames in London. The structures will sit at either end of a new park by landscape architect Gross Max - one adjacent to Norman Foster's City Hall and one next to Tower Bridge, with both projects inspired by the concept of a 'modern grotto'. The schemes form part of the Section 106 deal that was agreed between More London and Southwark Council. The park sits between the Thames and Potters Field, the plot of land that will host Ian Ritchie's 'cluster of mini-towers', which recently won a planning appeal. Parkside kiosk will be situated to the rear of City Hall and adjacent to the More London office development and will accommodate a retail area, public conveniences, an ATM point and auxiliary storage space for the local government building. The second kiosk, at Blossom Square, adjacent to Tower Bridge, will provide retail facilities and a sheltered seating area. It will also have an extensive green roof. Deborah Saunt, one of DSDHA's founding partners, said both kiosks were deliberately downplayed because of the nature of the site. 'You don't want to be competing with Tower Bridge or City Hall, do you?' she said.