21 June 2017
Architectural Association, London
Shared Roof attempts to respond and re-evaluate the current city planning which has failed to adapt to Bermondsey’s prevailing conditions where fragmented urban spaces have evoked social and physical detachment between the diverse user groups that co-exist in isolation. Therefore the proposal is by no means a solution but a reaction, where a long spanning tensile roof structure is strategically inserted, bridging the existing residential and primary school.
The insertion re-claims the current limited ground floor space which inevitably allows interaction where in the past it did not exist through promoting different user groups to occupy the space simultaneously and emphasising the symbolic gesture of shared ownership of territory. Without imposing a prescribed condition which can adapt to a market, school event, and a classroom, not only does it radicalise the current divided space, it frees programmatic ties by eliminating the social and physical division.
Thus, Shared Roof facilitates social integration whilst unifying divided space through an architectural insertion, fostering public exchange through blurring land appropriation and re-inventing civic infrastructure in Bermondsey.
Thanks to the ones who have supported me and to the AA for an amazing experience.
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