Unlocking London’s arches has been a productive infill concept so far. Many arched sites across London are home to charismatic cave settings in the form of bars and restaurants, as well as quirky workspaces.
However, multiple plots remain uninhabited due to TFL’s infrequent but necessary requirement to access the spaces, despite the requirement for servicing only being once every two years in some cases.
What if we were to design transportable territories for these infills?
Art = Risk
Risk = Development
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Infill is the urban planning term for the rededication of land in a built-up urban environment, usually challenging in terms of development, to new construction.
Infill sites are the cracks in the fabric of our cities; neglected but awash with potential. Their limits are not a restriction, but rather a unique quality to be rethought and responded to with innovative design and the artistry of construction.
As a society, we crave the warehouse look. Therefore, there is a demand for new standards of design: no compromises should be made, we desire a fabricated industrial feeling.
The proposed development regulations of the new build warehouse as per contemporary society’s desires (aligning with current trends)—
(a) the designer carrying out such development should ensure the space—
(i) consists of bold, imposing features
(ii) towering, lofty heights and vast light/ open spaces
(iii) comprise of raw, energetic materials
(iv) epitomise gritty and atmospheric industrial-chic