Forgotten Spaces competition

Aldwych Baths

Above: Aldwych Baths (Aldwych Station, London Borough of Westminster, WC2R 2LS) by Charlotte Tamplin, Charlotte Marshall, Kate Stevens. A public baths facility situated in the disused Aldwych tube station with a connection to the Thames at Victoria Embankment

The shortlisted designs for the RIBA competition, Forgotten Spaces, have been announced. Over 200 designs were submitted for ‘Forgotten’ plots in Preston and London, in one of the biggest open ideas competitions of its kind.

Fleeting Memories

Above:Fleeting Memories (St Pancras Gardens, London Borough of Camden, NW1 1UL) by 4orm; Richard Gooden, Stephen Coleman, Claire Priest. The proposal resurrects the buried Fleet River as it flows near St. Pancras Station.  The new riverside park will be a destination for visitors, a route for pedestrians and cyclists, and a unique addition to the local network of open spaces.

Entrants were free to choose their own sites or use one of six ‘forgotten’ Preston plots suggested by a council-led steering group, or five London sites proposed by London borough councils. The shortlisted designs range from imaginative conceptual proposals to practical solutions to these overlooked sites.

Aquadocks ©StudioPink

Above: Aquadocks (Silvertown Way Underpath, London Borough of Newham E16 1AF) by Heather Lyons, Dara Huang, Soohyun Chang, Ryan Day, Remo de Angelis, Federica Russo and Lisa Hinderdael. A swimming pool and spa proposal for the Royal Docks area provides a memorable sensory and spatial experience.

The London shortlist of 26 entries includes public baths in a disused tube station and a proposal for a zoo and fishery in decommissioned gasholders. 22 shortlisted entries for Preston include a floating market in Lancaster canal and the transformation of a car park into a multi-storey farming estate.

An Aerial View

Above: An Aerial View (BT Tower, London borough of Camden, W1T 4JZ) by OMMX. Reclaiming the decommissioned aerial platforms of the BT tower, the proposal circumscribes the space in a curtain forcing the viewer to question the building’s familiarity; it transforms the platforms from a defunct piece of public infrastructure into a civic space.

A Lost World

Above: A Lost World (Bromley by Bow Gasworks, London Borough of Newham, E3 3JQ) by David Wakefield and Robert Nimmo. A zoo complex in a decommissioned gas holder whose by-products, through anaerobic digestion, cyclically support the site and surroundings.

Posters Of Society ©GaryNash

Above: Posters of Society (Silverton Parkway, London Borough of Newham, E16 1AF) by Gary Nash and Barry Walsh. The structural concrete columns of the flyover are used to display 1000+ posters chronicling the history of the poster from original advertisements to 21st Century political propaganda.

For more information visit the Forgotten Spaces page on the RIBA website.

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