Tottenham Arcade

By Danah AlGhareeb,Aseel AlMesbah

Connection to Harringay Warehouse District

What makes Harringay special is the people and the different culture they contribute to the place. With that spirit this work was accomplished.With visual characteristics in mind, the concept was developed. and with locals’ perception of the space realizing its full potential and what it can be through the features they added to the industrialized spaces and made into an artistic haven, we carried this essence throughout the design process.

Proposal Outline

The design carried the soul of the Harringay warehouse district with the open plan concept where it was dominant in the warehouses at the time of the industrial phase and how it is developing to occupy the residents in current times, introduces flexibility of spaces, this is reflected in the design of the pavilion using movable partitions. This makes the pavilion eligible as a multi-use space for different activities all at once. The movable partitions not only divide spaces, but it allows participants in the space to showcase a variety of work (e.g. framed canvas for paintings, mesh for photographs, tensile fabric for display).

The pavilion is designed as a timber skeleton set on a timber platform foundation giving it its independence from the plot, and it defines the borders of the pavilion. The skeleton has the traditional post-lintel method giving it a lightweight sentiment, keeping the pavilion as open as possible and practical to hold the interior partitions. The elements of the plot revolve around the pavilion.
The roof is covered with two different materials that provide different kinds of feeling. The glass panels give the space a sense of pattern and order. It gives it a confined sense of space. The recycled canvas that would serve as a roof cover creates a nice optic to the eye where the white color and timber meet. The canvas is designed in a way that it is seamlessly falling onto the structure to create a covered space that gives the rigid structure its opposite match.

Compactification Is also introduced in this design whereas the needed tools for comfort are fitted in a timber wall. And could be used as a productive area when needed.
The recycled trunks are used as chairs, and the tables are collapsable as a method of space efficiency. This timber wall is located in the widest part of the site, it is considered a prominent piece of element that would greatly serve the pavilion as a whole. And it is meant to obstruct the visual noise caused by the necessary structural elements.

The plan was designed in a seamless manner; this method would offer the visitors a variety of options when entering the plot. The organization of the plot defines the public spaces from semi-public spaces. The open space concept of the plot creates a clear sense of direction where the pavilion dictates the eyes of the visitors with the size of the structure compared to its surroundings. The nook of the plot was adapted into the plan and was considered as an advantage.

stage with a standard size that’s designated for local artists and performers was designed it’s at the center of the plot and is exposed to the outside to acquire passersby attention and audience. It can also host workshops if required.

The plot has a space that serves as a market at the entrance, it has market stalls to display items for sale that would be managed by stakeholders.