London Shoreditch Competition
Adaptive reuse is the re-designation of an existing building to a use other than which it was built for. There are many examples of adaptive reuse such as; touristic seaports, loft dwellings, factory converted offices, armory spaces, etc. Adaptive reuse has many advantages, it encourages positive gentrification, revitalizes neighborhoods and reduces urban sprawl & construction waste. It is a type of urban recycling.
What better adaptive opportunity than the transformation of a historic train station in such close proximity to seminal 19th cc renewal districts such as the Devils Acre and Westminster? Antiquated terms such as "slum clearance" are not relevant in our urban tendencies, yet our project is an exploration of new strategies in adaptive reuse of historic sites.
Brick Lane and Shoreditch neighborhoods have a thriving, vibrant matrix of demographics, it is almost unique if one considers the city farm Spitalfield. In what other neighborhood Bangladeshis, farmer volunteers, goats, flourishing artists and London yuppies come together? Very few, yet there is a divide in between the two banks of the tracks, not only a physical but psychological, and our project aspires to address both.
Selim Vural, AIA