Biba Dow, Alun Jones and Patrick Lynch

Unit 2

Private Member’s Club Morning Room by Barnaby Meller

The Thames

This year we have been looking at the central role that the Thames plays in the festive life of London. From Canaletto to The Clash, the Thames continues to provide a horizon of creativity on which the mythos of the city is brought to visibility.

Our research has focussed on the construction of the Embankment in the 1860s, and its impact on the city. Principally, we have been looking at the imposition of technology on the city and how the construction of the Embankment disrupted the symbolic life of London by severing the relationship between London and its river.

We studied seven seminal buildings along the Thames, all of which had a relationship with the river prior to the construction of the Embankment, revealing the impact of the Embankment on the city. Our research revealed a number of sites and topics which are critical to an understanding of the relationship between London and the Thames. These subjects were then evolved through further detailed investigation, and precipitated into thesis projects. The underlying theme has been one of civic recuperation, proposed through a more concrete understanding of the relationship between the topos and mythos of the city.

The Embankment was built under the Metropolitan Works Act, celebrating Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. This year is Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, with the first Royal procession on the Thames for 35 years, re-inscribing the festive life of the city and the Thames on the poetic imagination of the nation.


Details

Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2

Images

Section through the public courtyard

Barnaby Meller

Creative arts studios detailed Section

Ben Hutton

The new Commonwealth Palace

Brenda Leonard

Students

Sharon Azouz
Joel Howland
Ben Hutton
Graham Mateer
Campbell Patterson
David Phillips
Marina Shilev
Matt Wells
Emily Beaumont
Tom Benton
Tyrone Deans
Rory Gaylor
Andrew Laurie
Brenda Leonard
Donna Macfadyen
Barnaby Meller
Luke O'Bray
Nick Silk

Consultants

Richard Heath
Momentum Consulting Engineers Ltd
Peter Roberts
OR Consulting Engineers Ltd

Critics

Peter Bishop
Peter Carl
Sandra Denicke-Polche
Elantha Evans
David Grandorge
James Grayley
David Hills
Edward Jones
Gwilym Jones
John Morgan
Robert Mull
Joseph Rykwert
Alex Stara
Andrew Stone
Hugh Strange
Ellis Woodman
Christopher Woodward
Pete Youthead