William Haggard and Josh Carver

Studio 8

Kingsland Exchange exterior by Max Burgess

After Shopping - London's lost shopping centres

Shopping, now commonly defined as a leisure activity, had replaced many traditional forms of communal assembly by the end of the twentieth century. However, behind the glowing “brand experiences” of Westfield and the West End, retail transactions are migrating to the internet.

Eighteen of London’s forgotten shopping centres - from Acton to Lewisham, Elephant & Castle to Wood Green - have been drawn and modeled. Studying their use as spaces for exchange and assembly, we found that they continue to provide a robust framework for planned and unplanned inhabitation. After shopping, could new public spaces be created on these sites?

In Moscow and St Petersburg we explored buildings created and adapted by the successive Tsarist, revolutionary, Stalinist and capitalist incarnations of the Russian state.

Based on this research, we have tested scenarios for progressive transformation of the sites, integrating public uses into a post-retail environment; Town Halls and Registry Offices, Schools and Libraries, Theatres and Sports Centres. Interventions at a range of scales and timescales propose new edges, routes and cores with a shared concern for economy of means, allowing new qualities of light and material to re-inhabit the existing structures.

Thanks to: Anna Bardos, Tom Bentham, Hugo Braddick, Peter Carl, George Dawes, Lucy Dinnen, Lara Gibson, Oliver Klimpel, David Kohn, Lot Locher, Robert Mull, Tom Robertshaw, Geoff Shearcroft, Gurmeet Sian.


Details

Course BA (Hons) Architecture

Images

Pavilion Room study, The Hermitage St Petersburg

Lelia Ku

Transport isometric, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

Kat Telless

Elevation Study, Peckham Shopping Centre

Sam Trice

Site Study, Lewisham Shopping Centre

Lelia Ku

Catkomfin communal facilities study, Catford Shopping Centre

Mikheil Mikadze

Pleasure Gardens, Arcadia Shopping Centre, Ealing

Hyeongsoon Choi

Ridley Road Entrance, Kingsland Connect

Max Burgess

Façade Detail, Elephant & Castle Town Hall

Kat Telless

Entrance tower study, Music Academy, Ilford Exchange Shopping centre

Market Hall, Junction Shopping Centre, Clapham

James Ragonesi

Market Hall, Junction Shopping Centre, Clapham

James Ragonesi

Cross Section, Putney Exchange Informal University

Sophie Ross

Long Section, Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, West 12 Centre

Wandsworth Southside Theatre

Ross Oldershaw

Wandsworth Southside Theatre

Ross Oldershaw

Allotment Tea Room, St Anns Shopping Centre, Harrow

Euan Courtney-Morgan

Courtyard, Music Academy

Iulia Stancicu

Communal study space, Catkomfin communal facilities study

Mikheil Mikadze

Neighbourhood Resource Centre, St Anns Shopping Centre, Harrow

Euan Courtney-Morgan

Students

Max Burgess
Hyeongsoon Choi
Euan Courtney - Morgan
Lelia Ku
Mikheil Mikadze
Ross Oldershaw
Sophie Ross
Iulia Stancicu
Kat Telles
Chris Wayman
Dhiren Appadoo
Julija Cholopova
Richard Coburn
Gergely Filo
Lee Hodgetts
Rudi Perestrelo
James Ragonesi
Sam Trice

With thanks to

Anna Bardos
Tom Bentham
Hugo Braddick
Peter Carl
George Dawes
Lucy Dinnen
Lara Gibson
Oliver Klimpel
David Kohn
Lot Locher
Robert Mull
Tom Robertshaw
Geoff Shearcroft
Gurmeet Sian
Sabine Storp
Signy Svalastoga