Uncharted: A dissident material garden

By Batista Meseguer

Connection to Harringay Warehouse District

Uncharted pavilion acts as a framework to embrace the artistic diversity of the Harringay Warehouse district. On the verge between an industrial building and a communal garden, an ecosystem for creative dissemination is defined. The enclosure delimits a communal gathering place, a living room for debate, an open floor plan which enables the performance of different activities. An atomised atmosphere of chain coverings allows an unrestricted display of creative production hung throughout the space. Therefore, this material garden is built from a plurality of actors. The pavilion is an affective exchanger, a catalyst to strengthen a collective sense of neighbourhood.

Proposal Outline

In de-localized networks, distanced from the pre-established order, individuals are capable of taking initiatives based on parameters of affection, dissent and commonality.
Historically, this area has played a role in dissidence. In the 19th century, northern districts of London were used for agricultural purposes. Due to the natural wildlife context, these environments gradually became the scenario for parks and gardens, as citizens sought to escape the congested and polluted city centre. As suburban life developed, the district became a neighbourhood for different communities, embracing people from different nationalities after the Second World War, hence creating a district based on diversity.
Due to its peripheral character in the city, it has served as a place to escape, a place for countercultural establishments, heterogeneous and untouched by gentrification, setting the perfect scenario for the development of a community with an alternative way of living. Industrial warehouses were inhabited, adapted and transformed into uncharted spaces. Actions unable to be registered into orthodox blueprint mapping, an unwritten constitution for dissidence.

This historically alternative ecosystem is translated into a typology that mutates between two realities. A domesticated natural environment and the spatial colonization of an industrial structure. A garden lattice as framework for the community’s creative expression.
Uncharted pavilion sets a starting point, a layout to be inhabited. The pixel-chain covering creates a canvas to colonise, somewhere to hang the artwork of local people. The global atmosphere, with different coloured chains, sets an attractive and powerful layout which is strengthened by the display of miscellaneous crafts. As a final layer to create a sheltered space, the pavilion is covered by a translucent and waterproof textile membrane. This ambience is contained within a singular outline.
The pavilion’s geometry is defined by two principles. A linear truss beam which opens to the pre-existing vegetation and a curved exterior that creates different subspaces within a common hall. The coexistence of these geometries creates an unorthodox profile, defining a genuine space intended to host local residents and attract people throughout the city.
In order to embrace the possibility of different activities, the pavilion has a free floor plan, capable of accommodating multiple purposes. As a response to this, the curved exterior profile is defined by a continuous table, a surface which could be used for markets and artistic display. In the inner space, a segmented line appears. Small organically-shaped benches create a gathering space. These diffuse lines open to a possible stage facing the vegetation and is also connected to the market area, serving both spaces. Furthermore, the small dimension of each bench gives the possibility to remove them and create a continuous free space, whilst having singular chains hanging from the roof that act as a guide to rearrange them in an interconnected manner. A transformable ambience to embrace plurality is defined. A new ecosystem, based on the latent atmosphere of Harringay Warehouse District appears.