[First look + plans] Lynch Architects has submitted a revised planning application for this 9,798m2 scheme featuring a library, 35 affordable houses and office space in Victoria, London
Part of Land Securities’ masterplan by Kohn Pedersen Fox for the wider redevelopment of the area, the proposal features nine artist-designed ‘muse’ statues, plus the listed facade and interior of a nearby pawnbroker which will be dismantled and relocated to the site.
A previous version of the scheme won planning consent in 2009, but had to be redesigned due to changes to London Underground improvement works beneath.
Patrick Lynch, studio founder, described the scheme as ‘an extremely ornate carapace to shroud the [London Underground] vents’ which has been ‘deliberately designed to look older than the wider redevelopment’.
He added: ‘Libraries are closing, but we are opening one. This is a rehabilitation project.’ The scheme is expected to complete in 2018.