Studio 8

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.

Kingsland Exchange exterior by Max Burgess

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Course BA (Hons) Architecture

Images

 Pavilion Room study, The Hermitage St Petersburg
Pavilion Room study The Hermitage St Petersburg Lelia Ku

Lelia Ku 

 Transport isometric, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre
Transport isometric Kat Telless

Kat Telless 

 Elevation Study, Peckham Shopping Centre
Sam Trice Elevation Study Peckham Shopping Centre

Sam Trice 

 Site Study, Lewisham Shopping Centre
Site Study Lelia Ku Lewisham Shooping Centre

Lelia Ku 

 Catkomfin communal facilities study, Catford Shopping Centre
Mikheil Mikadze Catford Shopping Centre

Mikheil Mikadze 

 Pleasure Gardens, Arcadia Shopping Centre, Ealing
Hyeongsoon Choi Arcadia Shopping Centre

Hyeongsoon Choi 

 Ridley Road Entrance, Kingsland Connect
Max Burgess Ridley Road Entrance Kingsland

Max Burgess 

 Façade Detail, Elephant & Castle Town Hall
Elephant and Castle Town Hall Kat Telless

Kat Telless 

 Entrance tower study, Music Academy, Ilford Exchange Shopping centre
Entrance Tower Study Ilford Exhange

 

 Market Hall, Junction Shopping Centre, Clapham
Market Hall Clapham James Ragonesi

James Ragonesi 

 Market Hall, Junction Shopping Centre, Clapham
Market Hall Clapham James Ragonesi

James Ragonesi 

 Cross Section, Putney Exchange Informal University
Cross Section Putney Exchange Sophie Ross

Sophie Ross 

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

 

 Wandsworth Southside Theatre
Wandsworth Southside Theatre Ross Oldershaw

Ross Oldershaw 

 Wandsworth Southside Theatre
Wandsworth Southside Theatre Ross Oldershaw

Ross Oldershaw 

 Allotment Tea Room, St Anns Shopping Centre, Harrow
Allotment Tea Room Harrow Euan Courtney-Morgan

Euan Courtney-Morgan 

 Courtyard, Music Academy
Courtyard Music Academy Iulia Stancicu

Iulia Stancicu 

 Communal study space, Catkomfin communal facilities study
Mikheil Mikadze Communal Study Space

Mikheil Mikadze 

 Neighbourhood Resource Centre, St Anns Shopping Centre, Harrow
Neighbourhood Resource Centre Euan Courtney-Morgan

Euan Courtney-Morgan 

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

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