A tableau of seating modules designed for the public space next to Christopher Wren’s St Mary le Bow Church, in the City of London. Common Ground responds to the site’s history of reclamation and layered reconstruction, utilising materials salvaged from sites of manufacture around the UK. This coincides with Wren’s 300 year anniversary, a legacy which the project aims to bring to attention for its ethos of radical re-use.
Responding to the LFA’s theme In Common, the project proposes a new, common ground for people to inhabit and engage with. The resulting tableau is a textured tapestry reminiscent of the tactile surfaces guiding the visually impaired throughout the city. Often latent in everyday life, the proposal raises these to a level one can touch, and re-interprets them in a range of smooth to rough and finishes.
Location: St Mary Le Bow Church, Cheapside, London EC2V 6AU
Featured on: lfa bUILDING SOUNDS
With thanks to: DESIGN AND MAKING, DARWEN TERRACOTTA, FEILDEN FOWLES
Photography: JAMES RETIEF