Public Reclamation

Moia McErlean

Project description

Public Reclamation explores new uses for an important civic asset, Liverpool Street Station. The project offers a counter-proposal to a heavily commercial, hotel and office tower scheme and advocates for more human-scaled redevelopment which focuses on public life.

The thesis references cultural buildings and their typical arrangement of generous public dwelling space and a common gathering point. The scheme implements these cultural, collective public programmes on the site, with the aim to reconnect citizens with each other, the city and site heritage.

The station typology has the potential to break the binary of public interior and exterior space. The station concourse, with its huge footfall, is conceived here as a library providing an important social and civic amenity that capitalises on public participation instead of consumerism. Theatre and performance spaces spanning over the railway tracks intensify the activity of the station and make new connections between this complex array of urban interiors.

Site location

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Interior View of Train Shed

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Interior View of Platform

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Interior View of Atrium Building

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Section Through Great Eastern Hotel, Train Shed and Exchange Square

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Section Through Main Theatre Space

Moia completed her BSc at Queen’s University Belfast. Following her graduation in 2019, she spent two years in Dublin working with Heneghan Peng Architects on large-scale, international, cultural and educational projects.

During her time at the LSA, Moia completed her Practice Placement at Erect Architecture, working on public realm, playground and research projects. Time in practice nurtured her understanding of srchitecture as a discipline, how inquiry and experimentation are vital and the value of the rigorous design process.

Moia is interested in architecture as a civic platform, approaching design with a responsible, adaptive opportunist attitude, while maintaining a reverence for historical practices and values and context.