Hackney Wick is facing its next mutation. Previously a place of industry, morphed into to a site of creativity, it is now undergoing a shift of usage into a residential neighbourhood. The proposed masterplan will require demolition of 28,000sqm of existing space – devastating both ecologically and culturally. The mutated, semi-informal and ad hoc post-war warehouses which define Hackney Wick will be lost.
My proposal demonstrates a range of methodologies which can be deployed to achieve conventional economic gains during redevelopment whilst sustaining existing local cultural values – as well as minimising ecological damage associated with the redevelopment. It provides a covered piece of infrastructure for existing creative and commercial activities to sit, flex and evolve within. Above this will sit new housing, integrated into the existing. The building is comprised of materials harvested from the masterplan’s site-wide demolition – providing moments of collective memory, re-imbued into the new from Hackney Wick’s near-history.
Wallis Road Warehouses, Hackney Wick