This project attempts to bridge a gap between the needs of a contemporary Bethnal Green community with its historical past. An area that was once a place of English Commons, land which had no owner and could be freely used for all, have been swallowed up by the industrialism of the roaring city. When asked what element of a new architectural scheme would be most preferred by locals, an overwhelming answer was nature. This has created an intersection of the Modernist mixed-used schemes of the 20th century with the romanticisation of the Pastoral from the 19th century. This city within the city is also versed with the country, allowing a dichotomy of urban and rural within a small footprint. The design includes places of production to interact with local business, places of community and athletic leisure to support a healthy lifestyle, places of comfort to house the residents of Tower Hamlets and places of wild garden to bring back the commons to the city.

Proposal within Bethnal Green Context

Located at the intersection between Bethnal Green Road and Turin Street, the proposal is surrounded by residential buildings to the north and west and the high street to the south.

Ground Floor Plan

Demonstrating the variety of programs on site, including wild gardens, a flower greenhouse, a civic living room, residential lobby and gym.

Proposal Section

Ziggurat Section

Proposal Axonometric

View from the Wild Garden

View from the Residential

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