Other buildings in the Park are objects standing in landscape – we propose an inversion of this condition: a landscape nestled between objects. The element that unites all the institutions is also the space that is central to the site: a continuous walk linking the different levels, with views across the park, becoming the context for events and cross-institutional collaborations: a unique space in the world.
The V&A, Sadler’s Wells, and UAL’s London College of Fashion are neighbours, each have their own ‘front door’ and specific relationships to the new terraces, off which four towers are also set: The residential towers at the north are markers for the overall development, two smaller pavilions sit next to the water.
Active Carpenters Road frontages are created for the V&A, Sadler’s Wells and UAL’s London College of Fashion.
An ‘earthenware’ and ‘glassware’ language was proposed for external materials of the specific architecture developed to test each building brief.
Credits: Coffey Architects, DRDH Architects, 5th Studio, David Kohn Architects, Grant Associates, Atelier Ten, Expedition, Charcoalblue, Gardiner & Theobald, Useful Simple Projects, All Clear Designs, Thomas Matthews, Hoidn Wang
Institutions open from an interconnected public space linking the levels across the site. Residential towers mark the northern end.
The buildings develop their individual characters in a language of 'earthenware' and 'glassware' facades defining public spaces.
The facade language is developed with decorative motifs to surround the flexible galleries of the V&A.
Glazed ceramic concept model showing the site split, and inter-relationships between the institutions and residential towers.
V&A and Smithsonian connect by plinth and party wall, Sadler's Wells creates the fulcrum, UAL links with all.