High Density Urban Order
Nominated for the H.I. Feldman Prize, Spring 2016
2nd Place, CTBUH 2016 Skyscraper Competition
Bishopsgate Goodsyard, London
Critic: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher, Simon Kim, Lasha Brown
In collaboration with: Lisa Albaugh, Ben Bourgoin, Jamie Edindjiklian, Roberto Jenkins
London’s skyline can be thought of as a collage city – where the unique individuality of each tower prevents it from engaging with the urban scale of its surroundings. This divergent urban order is neither unique to London nor a condition that will diminish without careful and direct intervention. This project seeks to address this collage condition by creating a complex that is at once individual and collective as a field of pencil towers blending seamlessly between one another – creating a new and iconic urban order as an archetype for London’s continued growth. The project is organized into four main components: a high-density tower, a mid-rise neighborhood, a train station that bridges between the two, and a park landscape that mediates between the existing viaduct and the various access points throughout the site. Each of the four components are given their own unique character, and by blending them into a continuous field they produce a differentiated system that accommodates diverse and overlapping programs at a hyper dense urban scale.
The blending of four distinct architectural typologies addresses a diversity of urban functions, from living, working, recreation, and transportation. Respectful of its greater surroundings, this proposal creates a distinct sense of place in the city of London, a significant contribution to her public realm for pedestrians and city alike.