[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
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.
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)