Acid Living

Based on the multicultural demographics and youthful population of Tower Hamlets, I designed a combination of affordable living and creative spaces for the Robin Hood gardens site. The scheme is a generator for art and establishes creative art cluster on the site. Most creative sectors are clustered in Central London, whereas the further away you move from the centre, the more non-creative activities you will find.

Poplar and Tower Hamlets crave for new open interactive space, which will stimulate art production and will attract collaborative and collective lifestyle amongst young individuals while introducing affordable living spaces. Young creatives who are just starting their artistic career are seeking affordable space where they can live, practice, perform and exhibit their arts while meeting people with similar interests.

In order to preserve the landscape, I propose performance stages using the Hill shapes but inverting them into the ground. The landscape circulation and shapes are retained but altered to serve the purpose of my project. Thus, the symbolic value of the site will be revived.

The new building is entirely modular where every living module is prefabricated and ‘plugged’ into the 3d façade. The form is a mixture between vernacular and modular architecture while also replicating the demolished part of the estate.

The atrium unites all living modules. Creation, practice, and performance spaces are allocated between the living spaces. The modules are accessed through decks which replicate the streets in the sky found in the old Robin Hood gardens building. The atrium is covered by a Kinetic roof which controls the environment. The old Brutalist remaining building is renovated and preserved due to its aesthetic and architectural qualities. Inside it, a new living and working programme is introduced. 


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