Urban Apparatus

By ArchiArtyMusicTects

Connection to Harringay Warehouse District

Our proposal takes inspiration from both the Harringay Warehouse District community and the wider Tottenham community of which the former is part of. Regarding the Warehouse community, we utilise materials and methods used in construction scaffolding, site protection and barrier erection to explore concepts reflecting the character, struggles and history of the community. Such concepts include flexibility, ephemeral, permeability, adaptability, hacking, fluidity, anti-establishment, gentrification, collaborative involvement, ad hoc organisation, community, strength in difference, resistance. The scaffolding, easy to install, uninstall and adapt, is used here to subvert and as an appropriator. An interactive wall fosters collaborative involvement with the public

Proposal Outline

We conceive the pavilion as an apparatus to integrate the Haringey Warehouse District community with the wider community in Haringey and the surrounding. Haringey is highly diverse in terms of its ethnic mix. It does suffers from a range of social issues and some of the statistics as published by Haringey council includes Haringey as having the fourth highest rate of knife crime with injury in London; gang related crime; third highest number of people in temporary accommodation and lower than average wages for London . Like the role the church and church hall played at the centre of communities centuries ago, we see the urban apparatus as their modern equivalent. As such, at the heart of our proposal is an interactive wall of fame and memories wrapping around a central space. The wall is to be constructed of individual plaques commemorating the lives and works of locals – from the unsung local hero to the inspirational local figures. We also propose some plaques commemorate the lives lost to knife crime as a way of bringing this difficult social issue to consciousness of the community. This wall is made interactive by developing augmented reality app to help visitors explore further some of the stories and issues featured in the plaques.
A wheel chair accessible ramp mirrors the layout of the memorial wall above it. A raised viewing platform running from the Seven Sisters frontage to approximately half the length of the site is accessed by the afore mentioned ramp as well as via a staircase integrated with a tiered seating. Both the ramp and memorial wall outline the geometric form of the pavilion. A translucent polycarbonate skin provides natural light from above and in conjunction with the memorial wall provides protection against rain. The central open space which is overlooked by the ramp, stairs, tiered seating and platform is approximately 12 meters long by 7 meters wide. A 2 meter gap is maintained along the northern boundary of the site making allowance for foliage from the existing copse of trees and enjoying the vegetation from the viewing platform as well as on the ground level