ATMOSPHERIC FABLE

 

@ Bartlett 2016 [MArch]

A sleeping icon from London’s past, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens was, from the 17th century onwards [and for nearly two hundred years] synonymous with pleasure, sin and urban adventure.

A playground for the burgeoning upper middle classes, the Gardens hosted orchestras, illuminations, exotic dancers and hot air balloon rides: a place to encounter friends, enemies and lovers.

 

Drawing on the multi-layered histories of the site, the proposal is a ground carving set of interlocking ‘plates’; an inventive new landscape condition where highly specific, localised ‘atmospheres’ can stimulate new behaviours between visitors whilst being grounded in the stories from its unique past.

 

Seen as a linked network of charged vessels, the landscape becomes a terrain of chance that slowly adjusts according to micro - climatic changes and where your destiny is nudged with the turning of the weather.

 

This project was formulated at the cross-roads between architecture, urban design, landscape design, environmental design and spatial design.