Winning architectural firm unveils its plan for London’s Vauxhall neighborhood. Curious?
Vauxhall, on the south bank of the Thames was once known for its hot air balloon lift-offs and gorgeous gardens. Now it has a cool nightclub scene and some really, really cool industrial art spaces.
The Missing Link competition winners Erect Architecture and J&L Gibbons design firm have concocted an imaginative plan for its urban revitalization development surrounding the area’s railway lines and other environs, having been inspired by New York’s uber-hot Meat District Hi-Line span. While it’s not elevated, per se, it will raise eyebrows.
Dubbed the Promenade of Curiosities, it draws further inspiration from the interests of one John Tradescant, a 17th century naturalist and collector, according to Phaidon Club. The dude’s buried in the grounds of Vauxhall’s Garden Museum.
“Halfway between an amusement park and a landscaped walkway,” reports Phaidon Club, “the Promenade will connect together Vauxhall’s disparate parts, while entertaining visitors with a series of installations, drawing from the region’s rich and varied history. It has some great art spaces too, including Gasworks and Beaconsfield, with more arriving soon; Damien Hirst’s own gallery is due to open here in 2014. The US Embassy is also due to relocate to a new complex at the region’s south-western edge, on Nine Elms Lane, in 2017.”
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