What is the 21st century city? The project tries to answer this question in multiple ways in the context of Vauxhall, London. Despite being well connected within the cultural and transit map of London, Vauxhall suffers the lack of holistic framework planning that can serve to revitalize its assets while creating a new identity along the south bank of the Thames as a springboard for alternate lifestyles for its present and future citizens. The vision is generate a plan that balances existing amenities and projected futures with the current development pressures on the site.
Developing the under utilized infrastructure of the rail and waterfront in Vauxhall as tendons for alternate mobilities that connect into the existing bike and pedestrian networks of London embodies the values of re-use and adaptability. Similarly, adaptively reusing The London Fire Brigade Headquarters building into luxury housing sets up a strategy for strengthening existing assets. The London Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsal space and South Bank Markethall act as economic and cultural hubs bringing activity at the scale of the city into the site. Living, recreation and work are balanced in the programmatic mix responding to the goals for a sustainable future. Additionally, five dynamic open spaces with distinct characters act as a structural framework for urbanism to be expressed through different architectures over time. Each of these open spaces cater to diverse sets of stakeholders reflecting the spirit of the city which lies in the power to make choices.