GOOD INWARDS SITE SURVEY
LOCATION: 34-36 SOUTHWARK STREET POSTCODE: SE1 1TU BOROUGH: SOUTHWARK LANDOWNER: STERLING DEVELOPMENTS (LONDON) LTD
Southwark used to be one of London’s major industrial centres with large-scale industry production in the field of engineering, rope-making, manufacturing, cotton milling, food-processing and clothing. It was a centre for iron founding, wire making, glass making, and many other heavy industries. Now notorious for its food market and vibrant creative culture, such industries have become lost. Elements of its past are evident through street names, odd street numbering, geographics and conserved architecture. Home to Europe’s largest leather industry in the 1700s the clothing industry continued to thrive throughout the 1800s. Christie’s of Bermondsey successfully manufactured hats, including the fashionable Victorian beaver hat, supplying product for varied clients. The flag warehouse could be found on Tanner Street, wool-stapling helped supply wool to weaving countries and rope / sail-cloth making was also popular. Southwark lived in the shadow of The City of London by the river, and provided the support necessary to maintain the capital’s metropolitan way of life. Southwark Street primarily consists of Victorian buildings with densely articulated façades that range from three to six storeys in height. The street maintains a consistent building line that carves a prominent street frontage but the traditional shop fronts have certainly been altered over the last century. The site is situated in the borough of Southwark; Tate Modern art gallery can be found North West, trendy Tooley Street is North East and Borough food market is East.
The building lies within the Borough High Street Conservation area and is just beside the Waterloo - London Bridge railway line. Located at the junction of Southwark Street and Redcross Way it is close to both London Bridge (0.3 miles) and Borough (0.4 miles) tube stations. 34 – 36 Southwark Street is a derelict Victorian public house, dated approximately to the 1860s, occupying a corner site measuring approx 0.036 acres. It’s architectural style is typical to the corner buildings of local conservation areas; with facade features designed to exploit the architectural potential of such a location dictinctively with it’s corner entrance door and prominent central window. The building’s roof, and much of it’s internal structure, was lost due to fire damage and the remaining structure is supported by modern scaffolding, needed to sustain it’s stability. Uninhabited since this damage, the property went to public auction in December 2009 but did not reach its reserve, consequentially remaining vacant. The most curious feature of this building is the boldly white lettered sign ‘GOODS INWARDS’ which remains prominent on the Southwark Street façade.
The commercial landowner is Sterling Developments Ltd.
5 Location Map
1. Site Plan. Scale 1:1000
6 2. Redcross Street. Looking North Toward Site
3. Southwark Street. Looking East Toward Site.
4. Redcross Street. Looking South Toward Site.
5. Southwark Street. Looking West Toward Site.
6. Contextual Moodboard. Showing (left to right) 34-36 Southwark Street In 1895. Engineer’s Stores And Oil Merchants - W.H.Willcox & Co. Advert. Bermondsey Wireworks Building In 2011. Original Photograph Of ‘Rope Walk’, Rotherhithe, Dated 1908. Leather Sample. Wool Sample. Rope Sample.
GOOD INWARDS PROPOSAL What is it? A tangible refuge for local creatives. A lacework steel mesh shell structurally supports the existing façade in place, creating a singular walled internal space. Within this, a variegated composition of fabrics is suspended from the existing facade and site party walls, creating an organic, intertwining space overtaken with colour and texture for the user to interact with. What do people do in it? An environment created to entice and inspire. The fabric interior can be used as the individual so pleases: They can add to it; take bits off it, make things out of it... a catalyst for creativity and expression.
They can experience it; cocoon themselves within it, wrap or wear it, simply feel the materials... a comforting oasis from the reality of the outside world. What is it made out of and why? Good Inwards reminisces and rekindles Southwark’s lost industries through it’s choice of materials... fabric, leather, wool and wirework. The textiles create a soft interior offering an inspiring spectrum of colour, pattern and texture to it’s visiting occupants. Made out of biodegradable materials the internal structure eventually rots, whilst the existing supported crust will sustain, creating a habitat for plant and wildlife. How did we design it? Working as a team of architect and textile designer, the scheme was brought about by merging our skill sets. Schrader, offering architectural input, and Domm, an understanding of textiles & colour. The concept was derived from an initial mood board, the seed of garment and fabric design, that inspired the external structure and defined the palette of the interior. 3
1. / 2. Mood Boards. Fabric Composition Concept Piece.
3. ‘Unwrapped’ Internal Elevation & Plan. Not To Scale.
4. Southwark Street Elevation. Scale 1:200.
5. Redcross Way Elevation. Scale 1:200.
6. Detail. Man Knitting With Hung Threads Of Internal Structure.
7. Detail. Woman Reclining Within Hung Fabric Of Internal Structure.
8. Illustrated Rendering Of Scheme. Southwark Street Elevation.