Over and Under

By Pedder & Scampton Architects and Structure Mode

Connection to Harringay Warehouse District

Two elements: A) simple shelters B) a ground plan populated with screens and furniture made by the local community. Both elements determined by the community that makes them.
1 Pavilion columns formed from pieces of scrap ply bolted together – the pattern and texture of each column will reflect the hands of the people that made it.
2 The screens and furniture will be a modular in size but the construction, materials and appearance will be chosen by each maker to reflect their skills and personality. These pieces can rearranged in various configurations depending on Pavilion activities.

Proposal Outline

The proposal is mindful of the requirement for a Pavilion that is self built to a design developed with the Warehouse Community. Having walked around the site and seen the online videos, it is clear that the community has a wide range of skills to offer. We hope the proposed ideas stimulate many to join the creative exercise to design, make and run the pavilion.
We propose two main elements:
Two simple covered structures linked with an open framed entry space. We suggest the columns and lattice support beam structures are fabricated using plywood offcuts. These plywood structures could be left as exposed timber or elements could be painted. Each structure would have a roof made from coloured rip stop nylon or polyester nailed to the trusses and draped into a gutter at one end. The textile elements can be coloured – plain, striped or patterned – lengths of fabric will need to be sewn together to create each roof. Suspended rails from the perimeter trusses could have rip stop nylon curtains for side enclosure.
A grid of ply flooring with small ramps at all sides infills the spaces between the columns to create a wheelchair accessible floor that is suitable for exercise classes, dancing etc.
Setting the structures at an angle on the site creates a distinctive profile, maximum enclosed space and several defined external areas. Multiple activities can take place at one time. An ‘entrance courtyard’ is accessed from Eade Road via a temporary gate in the fence. This connects to the open framed entry space which in turn opens out onto another outside space away from the road and edged by trees – this could be used for performances. The other smaller outside spaces can be populated for children’s play space, picnic/seating areas, temporary toilets etc.
Electrics can be run at roof truss level and dropped down the columns. Lighting, including stage spotlights, would be mounted on the trusses or could be festoon type draped from the structure. Other power runs could under the raised flooring to outlet points at the column bases.
Prefabricated ‘furniture’ units of the same module but differing heights will permit flexible layout options for multiple activities. The consistent format will allow easy fabrication and ensure the modules fit together in multiple ways. Mounted on wheels, the modules can be moved around: the tall ones forming enclosures, the mid height ones for table use, and the low ones as planters and seats.
Within the module the units can be clad or infilled with a wide variety of materials, selection and design by the warehouse team and wider community. We have illustrated some potential materials: crushed cars, plastic bottle lids, plywood and card offcuts. But the options are innumerable and would depend on available skills, materials that are readily sourced, and group ideas.
Other complementary components that could be fabricated on site, borrowed or rented include a stage, chairs or benches, plants, and play items.