By Shema John, Founder TASH ARCHITECTS.
Connection to Harringay Warehouse District
Harringay Warehouse District is a unique community with a rich cultural diversity and a strong vision for the future. The pavilion has been designed to visually represent the artists and their aspirations with a dynamic open structure installed on top of an art work on the paving and a canvas covering that can be designed by the Harringay artists themselves. Thus we look forward to collaborate and connect with the design community during the installation and for Harringay community to connect with the people of London while in operation.
The pavilion is designed to be a dynamic space for capturing the essence of Harringay Warehouse District – hosting art exhibitions and workshops, music shows and doubling up as a vibrant community meeting space on other days. The proposal considers the physical relationship to the community, the poetic relationship to art & music. The pavilion aims to establish a conversation with the Harringay community, allowing for transparency and visual connections.
Open frames double up as a convenient support for hooking art installations. Knowing that London has frequent light showers in summer, an artistic canvas stitched together from colorful waterproof fabric designed by the Harringay community can be quickly thrown over and tied to the pavilion. A small rope climbing and rope swing installation also planned to entertain children while the adults are involved in the community’s events thus being inclusive and encouraging more participation from visitors.
On approaching the pavilion, the visitors are faced with a series of frames that seem to sway, curve and move. Walking through the pavilion, visitors also experience the music performances from the open air stage as is visible throughout. The visitor thus experiences an exploding sensation of displayed artistic works framed on dynamic architectural elements whilst enjoying live music. All 3 sensations come together creating an interesting experience.
The pavilion can thus be an explorative journey for the public and thereby a source of marketing for the artists, boosting their economy and ability to retain and therefore build the community preventing external pressures of gentrification. Also once the city of London at large is aware of their potential, gentrification forces will be warded off as the city will work to protect the community like heritage sites are. Incomes will also boost with more & more people visiting the community’s art and music firms as awareness increases.