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Italian food festival on water

Yao2 Meng


The New River Head

Little Italy

CLERKENWELL Clerkenwell located at central and north London. In 1850s the south-western part of Clerkenwell was known as London’s “ little Italy”, because nearly 2000 Italian immigrants settled in the area. The New River Head located in its sub-district of Finsbury.


Former Engine House Former Windmill Base

The Nautilus Building The Laboratory Building

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Ring Main Shaft New River Head Pumping Station The Hydra Building

THE NEW RIVER HEAD The New River is an artificial waterway in England, opened in 1613 to supply London with fresh drinking water. The New river Head took its name from the reservoir at the mouth of the New River.


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SITE TRANSITION At the beginning the area was mainly use as agriculture field, and The round pond was a duck pond before the New River construction. After 1853, the New River company change its name as New River Estate, because the water facility shuts down, and more residence moved into the area.


Engine House 1780

Water House 1824

Round Pond

Engine House 1910

MWB Office 1915

Water-Testing Laboratory 1938

Engine House 2005

Luxury Apartments 2005

Luxury Apartments 2005

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BUILDING TRANSITION The engine house for nearly fifty years supplied the upper pond, it was leave unused until recently. The Waterhouse and the laboratory was renovated into luxury apartments, surrounging neighborhood named the place as gated residence.


SITE VISIT


Missionary

Jiw Courtnell at St. Marks church (near The new river head) After WWII, this area was bumped and the environment is under a really bad condition, because most of the house was destroyed. We stay in the shelter near buy the garden, which was taken down by 30 flats after war. And during that time a housing propriety costs 60000 pounds, now it became way much expensive. So a lot people sold their houses and move to Suburb, or renovated it into apartments for rent. There is only 3 people i know as the property owner in my building...... I really wish I can see someone live here....

The New River Head is one of the most important historical sites in our area, and it is currently under pressure from property developers who, having already turned most of the site into gated residential communities, propose to do the same to the oldest and most interesting buildings which might otherwise be accessible to the public and provide a source of and education and entertainment for local people and visitors. March 2014 – New River Head, Planning Appeal Turnhold’s appeal was heard in November and December 2013 and January 2014. ...The inspector dismissed the first two appeals which concerned the provision of the houses, but upheld the third and fourth which proposed the office space and toilet in the engine house and the exhibition space in the windmill base.

NEIGHBORHOOD INTERVIEW


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SITE ANALYSIS There are five different residential apartments surround by the site, each of them are isolated from the others. Part of the proposal is reintroducing the water to the site, which manipulate the border in between the building as semi-transparent, in order to engage the communication, and ‘open’ the gate.


SPACE PLANNING Serious of planning exercise to study spatial orientation by water.


THE WATCH HUT This building is a watch hut. It was probably built in the late eighteenth century and used by the linesman in charge of this stretch of this river. His job was to guard the river and prevent bathing and fishing which would contaminate the water.


SEWING


COILING


FOLDING


BUMPING


ICE-CREAM In 1877, Thomson and Smith, wrote about Street Life in London: “the manner of serving was basically unhygienic and probably led to the death or unpleasant illness of a large proportion of customers.

HOT BAKED POTATOES

The average ice cream vendor found that the sale of ice cream was just a seasonal occupation. So, they became vendors of sweet roasted chestnuts, hot baked potatoes, and warming drinks.

BARREL ORGANS Charles Dickens wrote to a friend: “I could not write for more than half an hour without being disturbed by the most excruciating sounds imaginable, coming in from barrel organs on the street”.

STREET LIFE


AREA CONDITION Late 19th century, Myddelton passage which alone the south side of New River Head,was described as dangerous alley. There are slum housing lived with prostitute and poor thieves. Policemen’s graffiti were carved on the brick walls, which raise people’s curiosity, and the site became as one of the visiting site in London.


As the first Italian procession to celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, did not take place until 1896. On each July, garlands carry the decorated statue walk though the streets, which are decorated with bunting. After the procession in Warner Street, there is a festa, a celebration of everything Italian. Here delectable Italian delicacies such as bruschetta, pizza, porchetta, salami, wine, olive oil, water melon, ice cream, torrone, and Sicilian Cannolis, to name a few, can be sampled. Wine flows freely and there is music, dancing and general frivolity. This is an excellent venue for the Italian community to gather and reconnect with family and friends, and celebrate their special Italian culture and traditions.

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL


The New River Head (new site)

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Clerkenwell Rd

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MASTER PLANNING


EXTREME CELEBRATION Top image:The Carnival in Ivrea, Piedmont and the famous Battle of Oranges. Bottom image: Infiorata, the flower carpet in Genzano.


HANDMADE PIZZA

ROASTED CHESTNUT

SMOKED PIG

DRINKING WATER CART

SHARING TRADITION Gastronomy in Italy is much more than a meal, It is pleasure and sociability: the perfect moment to talk, share a laugh and strengthen relationships. As a matter of fact, the importance of food, in the Italian culture has been scientifically proven.


BEFORE FESTIVAL The site will be main use as public educational space for visiting heritage buildings, and learning the history of the New River Head.


AFTER FESTIVAL The Italian food festival will be hold annually, take place on every July after the Italian procession. The water area will be open to public as well as the food courts.


A. DRINK COASTER

B. CHESTNUT BOAT

C. PORK CAROUSEL

D. PIZZA FALL

FOUR COMPONENTS By creating an new type of contemporary architecture for food festival , which inspired from both traditional cooking method and amusement park facilities, to achieve the extreme entertaining experience.


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DRINK COASTER The drink coaster was designed as the signature building in site, because drinking is the most popular activities in Italian culture. The structure design was inspired by the roller coaster, and wine casks which are hanging from the structure, rolling around to serve the Italian red wines. Also three supporting columns were designed with beer fountain attached on the bottom for self service.


DESIGN DETAIL


CHESTNUT BOAT The Chestnut boat was designed as fold-able structure. During the festival, the facade will be unfolded as landing. The layout of six courts was designed as semi-circle, for education purpose. Besides, there are two little boat for delivering food attached on the side of landing space.


DESIGN DETAIL


PORK CAROUSEL The pork carousel was designed with a rotating structure, which curves the pork in center. Towards the center is the slicing meet table for chief. Spectators stands were designed on the outer side , which allows people to see the whole cooking process. There are some perforated cuts on the surface of rotating structure, which is designed as part of the barrel organ structure, so people can experience the art of traditional cooking as well as having organ music as background.


PIZZA FALL The pizza fall was designed as two story tower, because of the space limitation. Kitchen is located on the ground floor, and the oven is on the second floor. There are two vertical delivery elevator on each court, with a machine scoop for serving cooked pizza.


Oven

Kitchen

DESIGN DETAIL


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