1. Co-exist with the business
2. Create new links between the street and the train tracks
3. Re-imagine this tracks as a beautiful urban vista, and a place for leisure, rather than visual scar to be hidden.
The area is very well-served by green spaces and conventional recreational activities; What it lacks is perhaps the grit and grime that makes urban life so stimulating. We proposed not so much a park, but an architectural device with which to engage the city. Our intervention could be imagined as an urban pier that creates a space to view the urban landscape, as well as providing sites for urban past-times.
In order to accommodate the public function, we needed to reconfigure the existing fabric, and did this by making cuts and insertions.
The main moves are to create a new level above the existing business, and a jetty which spans out over the train tracks, and is accessed from the street via a cut through the business.
The area at the top is a public space that can be accessed 24hrs a day, without having to pass through the business. It’s an elevated jetty that enables users to view both the Kensington street scape, which offers the opportunity for people-watching, and the train tracks on the other side.
1. The gently stepped platform above the business - for general public use.
2. The jetty which extends out over the tracks from the cut through the site - more specifically for rat-fishing
The extended length of the jetty allows for premium rat-fishing space – although the catchers have to take care to avoid getting their lines caught in the moving trains below.