ʻMind the Gap’ Urban Park The site: Allen Gardens, Shoreditch “This project aims to raise students’ awareness of the behavioural patterns of people in spaces and the opportunities that exist for designers to manipulate that behaviour.“
ALLEN GARDENS The Allen Gardens are situated in Brick Lane: an area that has in recent years fallen victim of urban sprawl and heavy arterial traffic which led to a certain lack of structure that prejudices the community in terms of safety, comfort and respect for the borough. By saying this, I believe it is necessary to unite the community and all the elements – provide tools and give these a purpose and a meaning so the community can then rewrite the history of Brick Lane. The concept evolves around the idea of circles for the reason that I believe Unity is deeply connected with spiralling movements. Geometry and sequences in space. In addiction, all points and lines that constitute a circle remind me of different cultures, beliefs and interactions that can be connected and create a unifying system of happiness, comfort and welfare. There are no separate territories: the main idea is to close the gap between cultures and provide an experience – you are part of a social event where everyone can generate an environment of creation through a series of public experiments, screenings of films, installations and performances. Art in movement.
Yellow:residential Pink:commercial Blue:public structures Purple:transports Brown:factory
THE ENTRANCE The entrance/exit represents the beginning and the result of a physical and sensorial experience. Its shape symbolizes a wave of emotions: emotions that will be designed and discovered along the journey through the park and that result in a mix of thoughts at the end of it. Moreover, these sensations will hopefully consolidate new links with the natural, cultural and artistic panorama of Brick Lane.
The aim of the panel situated in the middle of the structure is to welcome and praise the visitors for coming to Allen G. It will display several faces from people around the world who will indirectly represent a union of cultures.
Model done with cardboard & board.
THE VIEWPOINT The viewpoint is a combination of two rings that represents a commitment between nature and society. It allows a 360º view of the park and aims to be a space of interaction and reflection.
CONGREGATION POINT In the point of congregation, the visitor doesn’t move directly from one place to another. As you walk along the ramp, you can go in two directions: up or down but in the end, several paths end up in the same place.
The oculus and the entry are the only sources of light in the interior. Throughout the day the light inside the structure moves around serving the great purpose of cooling and ventilating the area.
AUDITORIUM There is no beam or column in the conventional sense, no wall nor roof – “in is “out”. The pattern is open ended and it keeps one guessing. Signature trees will heighten the auditorium’s special character, enclose the site, provide shade to visitors and help with the acoustics (essential in this area).
Like a vortex, the exhibition centre takes the maximum exponent of creation, which is art, and pulls it towards the centre in order to generate a momentum/ participatory relationship with the structure. It is intended to be an area where knowledge meets creativity and everyone is invited to display their work/installations.
THE NATURE HALL Inspired by the “Silence Room” in Selfridges, which offers a place for the visitor to rest and “retire from whirl of bargains”. The nature hall assumes the roll of presenting a minimalist meditation lounge where you can have an intimate connection with Nature.
DYNAMIC EXPERIMENTAL SPACE Projections of birds will be displayed in the windows. Trees will surround the structure and sound will be related with nature: everything is provided so the visitor can establish connections with scenery.