Kings Crescent public realm, London Borough of Hackney.
Sept 2012 - Dec 2018.
muf were appointed as public realm designer for the Kings Crescent Estate by LB Hackney. This included a review of the existing approved masterplan after consultation with residents.
The public realm strategy for Kings Crescent aimed to tie the ‘island’ of the estate into the wider context, make it a safer space to live, maximise amenity for residents, and give residents can feel a sense of pride in their neighbourhood which has been a demolition site for 10yrs +.
The public realm design includes a play street, three courtyards, and the streets at the edges of the estate that had previously been the “back” of the estate.
The play street connects the north and south of the estate which was isolated by demolition, and links east to Clissold Park. Whilst it appears to be a normal Hackney road the street is interrupted by a play space and a brook for pedestrians only.
Three courtyards were formed by three new residential blocks. Kelshall courtyard includes a hill that can be slid down within a large treepit. Therfield courtyard holds the existing garden clubs growing planters and a children’s edible maze enclosed by a brick path that holds play, a BBQ area, a patio and seating. Lemsford courtyard has sunken planting potted with play and seating with a bridge meandering through the trees.
The edges of the estate are tied into their context with tree planting and with details of a street frontage to the dwellings, including garden walls, railings, and planting to turn the estate to face the street. A comprehensive lighting design for public and semi-private areas helped to bring safety and coyness to the estate.
It began with "Atmospheric Pressure: Performance vs Weather" described by Katie and Simon as "An experiment in engaging with the liveness of place, through attempting to collaborate with one of it’s most unpredictable elements: the weather." Taking place in Folkestone as a part of the Art Triennal we explored through several performances weather as a collaborator (and often saboteur) culmintaintg in a performance as a colective weather station.
Coming from this was "The Material Landscape" a week long workshop with architecture students at Newcastle University. It focused on understanding site through analogue and intuitiveinstallations to measure patterns, and develop alternative ways of mapping.
"Materials in architecture are refined, have been vigorously tested, certified, and are increasingly becoming value based on performance and specification. The products designers use are typically removed from their origins or largely unknown manufacturing processes that they have been through. Lines are drawn and filled with these supposedly inert materials. Air, often the main component of a space, is also seen as inactive, a volume to be contained by walls, boundaries and shelter. Lines are drawn as a perimeter to air.
This is not the reality; ageing, weather, material “failure”, site specific conditions, unknown geographical anomalies, and other contingencies say otherwise. The project is a reaction to these issues and sets a challenge for students to explore the site specifics of defined locations along Jesmond dene using temporary material installations. These installations will be an exploration of the space (the air, the weather, the particular qualities of the site) through the process of making the pieces, an exploration of materiality (testing, weathering, piecing together) and how this affects the understanding of the place and is in turn effected by the site conditions.
Photography and video authors own.
DIY 11: 2014 - Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti 'Atmospheric pressure: Performance vs Weather'
A workshop as part of the Folkestone Triennal through LADA.
A stage and frame form the edge of Gainsborough square that can be dressed up for events. Along it's length is space for teenagers to socialise, space to sit, to hold a karaoke whilst more elderly residents enjoy sitting amongst the flower beds.
As part of the regeneration of Gainsborough square, Bristol the project was to realise a space that could cater for mutiple users. Through an event using hay bales the different activities and the furniture they needed was developed as a sketch. The pavilion is built unfinished; to leave space for the residents of Lockleaze to dress up.
What began as an art & ecology residency became the start of the development of a new town square for Guapamacataro. Due to changes in land law, squatting, and other histories the town had no formal planning and lacked a shared social space.
A masterplan was proposed as a provocation to start conversation about what residents need and desire.
A workshop was ran using references from nearby public spaces as the beginnings of a brief.
The phasing of the space was crucial due to a reliance on crowd funding and slower financing options. The materials, planting, and features were chosen to be locally sourced, robust, and beautiful.
As space in this region is valuable for agriculture the space works hard with multiple and over-lapping uses to host events and daily life that is already take place and to expand on sustainable water cleaning and food growth for a healthier town in future.
In parallel to the masterplan prototypes were made including a mural, with Roberto Salasat the nursery which will connect to the future space, tree planting, and a bench as an example of boundaries that can be generous in delineating space.
White Hart Lane high street
White Hart Lane high street public realm
2016 - present (construction in summer 2018)
London Borough of Haringay & TfL
White Hart Lane is an exemplar high street improvement project in LB Haringay that brings an improved pedestrian experience combined with sustainable urban drainage (SUDS). A widening of the footpath, improvement in access, planted rain gardens with bespoke stone features, road pattern design and traffic calming, and lighting features.
A collaborative project at muf architecture / art London with Civic Engineers, Robert Bray associates, and Dekka lighting.