12 December 2007

Coin street / Young Vic

Here's some photos of two very interesting small projects by London based architects - Haworth Tompkins (both of these are quiet close to Southwark tube station).

The first one is a community Centre that they designed for the Coin Street Community Builders. The centre known as 'The Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre' completes the urban block which is made up by the Iroko Housing Co-operative also designed by the same architects.
The Centre, largely a public building houses a nursery, crèche, community cafe, training and conferences space and the client’s HQ.The most striking element of the building – the main street façade was developed in collaboration with artist Antoni Malinowski (who has worked a lot with architects and has collaborated on other projects as well with the same architects check out his work on his website - www.antonimalinowski.co.uk/ )
Besides the simple and innovative use of ventilation systems and sustainable materials, the project was programmatically designed to accommodate a number of different uses thus making it a much more sustainable building in the long run.

The next project by the same architects is the much celebrated Young Vic Theatre. (the project won the RIBA Award,RIBA National Award,RIBA London Building of the Year 2007 but just missed out on the RIBA Stirling Prize)Though a large scale refurbishment job, the architects were highly successful retaining the spirit of a building that was made up as a mish-mash of whatever was available on site as a temporary theatre some four decades ago. Similar to Coin street, the innovative use of materials is key to this building. Through the use of a very interesting palette of materials the project retains its informal quality that people have come to love of this small theatre.
And at a Urban scale the project maintains a very playful street edge - depending on the time of the day either remaining anonymous or becoming a point of reference on an otherwise ordinary street.

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