This concept opposes this by placing the local community at the front and centre, highlighting the need for their presence in the future growth and redevelopment of Tottenham.
“The act of building is engaging people with architecture and the built environment. People being involved in this process and thinking about their built environment, consciously or subconsciously, it’s all positive for being able to comment on how our built environment grows and develops.”
Hamish Warren, Nine.
The project is inspired by the old market halls and clock towers, which are often found in the centre of market towns, and represent the ultimate civic gesture. Forming a notable location at the centre of a community, they provide a place for people to meet and socialise, as well as host a sequence of organised events such as markets, civic celebrations, concerts and speeches. Seen as a good example of a ‘shared hall’, flexible in its use but civic in its presence. The concepts interprets this, placing a generous shared hall in the middle of the site, which articulates two different spaces either side. It is orientated toward the street, following the grain of the terraces along Seven Sisters road and forming a strong gable end facing the Eade road.
The character of the pavilion references the industrial roofs structures that are characteristic of the Harringay Warehouses. The pitch of the roof is similar to that of the sawtooth roofs, while the corrugated sheeting is a familiar material within the district. Externally, the striped roof is an expression of the celebratory nature, whilst internally it forms a decorated ceiling.
A marker located at the entrance to the site acts as a gatehouse through which visitors enter. At night it glows as it’s lit from inside. It is visible for passers by on the New River Path and provides a starting point for the row of terraces along Seven Sisters road and marking the southeast corner of the Warehouse District.
The most integral aspect of the proposal is the sequence of engagement events over 4 weekends. The concept is to engage with the wider community, from construction to when it is in use. The festival is a sequence of community events and workshops that follow the key phases of construction. The act of building together as a community can begin to trigger interest and inform people on the wider topic of the built environment, as well as be a catalyst for fostering new connections and relationships.
When the ‘shared hall’ is in use, the simple plan allows for flexibility in its use and occupants, hosting an array of organised events such as markets and concerts, as well as opening its doors for other local groups to enjoy the pavilion as they see fit.
“The festival of making is more than just a signpost to the existing warehouse community - we thought it could also be a process where you are attempting to galvanise the community and embrace this idea of disrupting the gentrification process.”
Will Beeston, Nine.
Ryan Hughes, Architect &
Harringay Warehouse District resident
Clare Richards, ft’works
Aida Esposito, Creative Industries Consultant
Stephen Mackie, Sean & Stephen
Katy Marks, Citizens Design Bureau
Sean McAlister, Sean & Stephen
“The two strands of approaching the site – splitting it into bits that can be used in conjunction with each other and the idea of the actual building of the Pavilion being a process of engaging the expertise of people in the warehouse community and the wider groups led us to this idea of a simple construction.”
Barnaby Hughes, Nine.
Nine are a group of architects and urban designers who collaborate on projects outside of work. Whilst working in practice allows us to gain experience running a range of larger projects with varied clients, such as local authorities and other organisations, working together as nine allows freedom to work on smaller, more intermediate projects.