This project aims to establish a spatial approach to support the ritual life cycles of inhabitants of the Lower Lea Valley riverscape. It is a response to the varied, intense and often conflicting set of demands from a multi-layered community that inhabits this edgeland landscape. The project hopes to provide a commentary on the existing social and environmental conflicts and reconcile them in an open way.
A network of timber pavilions offers a range of social infrastructure along the canal network, the first of which provides an immersive washing and cleaning facility though a sequence of structures set within a curated wetland habitat. The proposed site plan includes a new mooring facility and reed bed filtration beds to cleanse pumped-out WC waste from canal boats.
Locally sourced timber battens are burnt (Shou-Sugi-Ban) for cladding to aid longevity and to help the pavilions visually recede, whilst also maintaining a low embodied carbon footprint.
Chingford, Waltham Forest