A Theatre Embedded in a Garden
This final project brings together connectivity, landscape and programme. The architecture is situated at Hammersmith, London and the brief was to design a theatre and two river interchange terminals.
Urban Connectivity (London’s Sustainable Transport Systems) and Programme (Theatre)
With these themes, it is important to highlight the symbiotic relationship they have and how it correlates with my final project.
In our capital, London’s West End district has a high accumulation of theatres, the proximity of these theatres is so important because they produce a cultural area that is built up to represent a national theatre planned zone. Within this district are bus stops, underground stations and riverboat terminals – this is where connectivity begins to act its role because they become systems which aid Londoners and visitors of the city with mobility between each theatre. Pairing both themes together they produce a sustainable area of cultural engagement and a way to interpret this is like a symbiotic relationship in which both benefits culturally and economically.
Urban Landscape (Gardens)
A user’s journey is embedded in the architecture, the urban landscape is important because this is how I set up that narrative. It feeds in with urban connectivity because located on the site are two bus stops which are a representation of London’s transport system. From the moment users arrive at either stop via bus, these beautiful gardens (fig 1.) become magnets and are useful in promoting familiarity as people move through the landscape and ultimately end their journey as they enter the theatre.