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Mark Power scoops planning for Jubilee Gardens WC

[First look + plans] Mark Power Architect has won planning for this 134m2 public WC within West 8’s proposed re-landscaping of Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank

The temporary structure for Southbank Centre and Healthmatic is located close to where Powell & Moya’s Skylon stood during the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Designed for a 5 to 10 year lifespan, the pre-fabricated building features glass-clad steel toilet pods and a projecting canopy with a lapped timber-boarded soffit and a gold anodised aluminium roof designed to gather rain water.

According to the architect, the scheme was influenced by the riverside setting and ‘takes the form of a vessel temporarily moored in alignment with the historic shoreline of the Thames’. A line of Shakespearean verse (below) is also credited as an inspiration for the building.

A statement explained: ‘Those in need of relief will pass through the pavilion like river creatures swimming in the space beneath a craft’s hull. For others it will be a backdrop to performances under the trees, or a seat from which to gaze at the Waterloo Sunset.’

In September, Dutch landscape architect West 8’s £3.2 million project to revamp Jubilee Gardens started on site – 12 years after the company first won a competition for the site.

Mark Power Architect's WC project in Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank

Mark Power Architect’s WC project in Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank

The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne,

Burn’d on the water; the poop was beaten gold,

(Anthony & Cleopatra, Act II scene 3)

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