Reimagining Mayfair: EPR Architects with Rick Wheal, Kate Malone and James Ulph
EPR Architects’ proposal is to transform the area to the north of Burlington Gardens into a unique cultural quarter, integrating art, craft and commerce. Our plans consider both the feasibly practical and the poetic.
Burlington Gardens evolved from a garden space into an urban space with clearly defined edges. However, the character of the space has been eroded over time. It is EPR’s intention to create a square, a reinterpretation of Rome’s Piazza Navona, where public buildings and public spaces merge in continuous public realm, where the art and craft are integral and part of a processional route of London squares.
Team member Rick Wheal finds that ‘one of the major criticisms of the urban environment is that the streetscape is designed for vehicles, not people. Our aspiration is to reverse this imbalance through visually engaging people with roads and pavements, and only allowing cars and vans to pass through at specific times.’
The underused fifth elevation has been reimagined as Burlington Gardens to create a new level of public realm - interlinked sky gardens and Lunardi-inspired balloons give the visitor a new perspective of London and define this area of reimagined Mayfair.
The artist Kate Malone sees urban space through the eyes of a visitor. ‘A visitor to a place or area consciously or unconsciously might have a list of needs: to enjoy or take pleasure, to use, to learn, to give, to take, to share, to better oneself, to add to a place, to form a habit or routine, to make a difference, to leave a mark,’ she says.
Go to www.reimaginingmayfair.org for more information, videos and sketches of the proposal.