Proposals for Forgotten Spaces: Urban Swamp; Urban Tapestries; Velo-City; Verticle Park Ramillies Street; Warehouse Theatre 2; Warncliffe Theatre and Hanwell Crossrail; Waterloo Farm; Winchester Square; Woolwich Dockyard Angling Club and World Peace Garden
Forgotten Spaces is an ideas competition run by RIBA London in collaboration with Design for London. Its brief was to propose innovative ways of taking advantage of under utilized sites within the city.
An alternative route along the river through an ‘Urban Swamp’ providing the possibility of exploration and the opportunity to wander in a space of inspiration and bemused discovery.
Working in collaboration with local artists this proposal aims to create vertical communal gardens, which will provide ecological and environmental enhancements, and create an allegorical landmark by utilising forgotten spaces to illustrate the spirit of London street life.
A free indoor mini velodrome for track cyclists, with a public garden above on the existing bomb site. A change in levels and a deep basement allows for an underground facility.
The development of a refuge off Oxford Street; a space in which members of the public can pause. A vertical park, which is a complete contrast from the typology of the surrounding streets.
Source: Murtza Rizvi
The temporary re-housing of Croydon’s independent Warehouse Theatre in the derelict Blue Orchid nightclub. The proposal addresses the Warehouse’s need for a temporary theatre until it moves to its new premises in Croydon’s Ruskin Square development.
Source: Studio TOAST
An outdoor theatre space suspended from the famous Wharncliffe Viaduct, linking to a redesigned Hanwell Station and Square.
A hydroponic farm placed in the former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo.
A place of exchange for the local community, businesses, visitors and workers that will encourage creativity, environmental awareness, traditional community values and local business development.
The refurbishment of Woolwich Dockyard Angling Club’s clubhouse building seeks to mend and repair, employing methods of timber construction and maintenance intrinsic to the maritime traditions of the former dockyard.
Source: Richard Mitzman Architects
The proposed scheme consists of a linear vertical garden element, and curved pedestrian walkway. The composition of the two elements form ‘The World Peace Gardens’ - a project to promote awareness and stimulate the furthering of world peace.
Forgotten Spaces: All 20 shortlisted entries feature in a public exhibition at the National Theatre until 4 July www.nationaltheatre.org.uk