Silvertown Flyover Creative Workspace
Competition: Silvertown Flyover design competition 2017
Client: London Borough of Newham
The Flyover Creative Workspace uses the column grid as a framework to set out various sized workspaces, usurping the height below the flyover to provide single and double height spaces with terraces. Amenities including bike parking, toilets, service access and a café are positioned at ends of each section. Belying the differing constraints the Flyover Creative Workspace places central the themes of variation, independence and collective space.
The variation in workspace volume and arrangement accommodates a diverse range of creative industries from workshops for makers to studios for digital production. An inspiring range of occupiers can feed a collaboration and enduring community.
The separation of workspaces provides not only collective space between but also independence and opportunity of expression to each workspace.
The overflow and occupation of the spaces around and between workspace encourages occupiers and visitors to interact, collaborate and exhibit. Minimal routes are defined leaving remaining areas left 'tabula rasa' for occupiers to fill with their invention.
The proposal has to negotiate not only open connections but protect against the harsh edges and deep plan of the flyover. In Section, a central street links open workspaces that are used as a barrier to the slip roads. Open floors and polycarbonate facades at high level allow light into the units and to penetrate the center of the plan. Central taller units and lower outer units provide light penetration and views deep into the plan. Natural light sources from both the edges and between the slip roads allow a more free arrangement of the workspaces, facilitating open connections through the site.