Mobile Studio rethinks Goldfinger ruin
Up-and-coming London practice, The Mobile Studio, is inviting the public to consider new uses for the site of a demolished Erno Goldfinger-designed caretaker’s cottage in Putney
Architects Chee-Kit Lai and Max Dewdney describe their consultation on the Grade II-listed Brandlehow School, which seeks to engage the local community, as an ‘experiment in adhocracy.’
A spokesperson for the Twentieth Century Society, which is campaigning to restore the building said: ‘While the re-uses of the building are certainly up for debate, the re-uses of the site must include the re-building of the Caretaker’s Cottage – otherwise it sends a rather dangerous message to developers that a listed building can be demolished and after several fines, new development can begin.’
Wandsworth Council in 2008 ordered developer Rajiv Laxman to re-build the 1950s structure after he illegally flattened it, but re-construction work has yet to begin.
The public consultation is on Saturday 15 May from 5pm at Platform One Gallery, Wandsworth Common Station, London.