BUTLERS WHARF, LONDON

PLACEMAKING WATERSIDE
Reimagining this striking site drawing on its original riverine landscape

CONTEXT
One of London’s most popular riverside spaces offers striking views of Tower Bridge, but needs a new lease of life to bring visitors, Londoners and the local community back together on this historic jetty. A community-driven competition has been hosted by London Festival of Architecture, promising to create a dramatically different approach to public space commissioning. We are one of six shortlisted teams.

 

COMPETITION
The ‘Flow & Ebb’ concept views the Thames as liquid history, a space that is always alive and evolving. Drawing inspiration from the original riverscape and its ecology, pre-industry, we restore our connection to the big skies and natural planting that are much missed in this locale. ‘Ebbs’ draw us to the River through striking views and reveals between buildings, while the ‘Flows’ shape a playful modular landscape that meanders through the space. Akin to the array of goods that would have lined the dockside, they allow for flexible components from bike stands to play spaces to connect together and can be chosen and developed with the community.

Visit the LFA site and if you want to see the concept brought to life, vote for it as your favourite here:

PARTNERS & CLIENTS
  • Led by McGregor Coxall 
  • Lighting design by Steensen Vaarming

STATS
  • Design Competition hosted by London Festival of Architecture
  • New model of commissioning public space
  • One of six shortlisted teams