Forgotten spaces: Old Kent Paradise

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RIBA London Forgotten Spaces Competition

March 2010

Shortlisted entry

This competition entry looks at Bricklayers’ Arms, a 125m diameter roundabout and a 400m fly-over in Southwark, South London.

Countering the busy, but spatially desolate roundabout, the proposal primarily aims to provide a space of serenity and peace. With reference to the orchards and fields that once surrounded the site, and retaining the trees and hillocks in the centre of the roundabout, the project focuses on the idea of introducing a beautiful walled garden into the heart of South London.

Proposing a 3m thick usable wall allowed accommodating a series of functions that would complement the park, such as – amongst others – a bandstand, a café, WCs and park maintenance facilities.

Architecturally, the ensemble was pared down to the most simple of formal arrangements: an enclosed courtyard and a campanile.