Unit 12

The Old Elephant

In 1959 the iconic bronze Elephant and Castle was removed from the rooftop of the eponymous pub to make way for the LCC’s masterplan, only later to be reinstated and re-mythologised astride the infamous new shopping centre. Half a century on, and after years consigned to a perpetual state of planning purgatory, the 26 hectare site is preparing for another wholesale transformation that leaves the long suffering neighbourhood to wonder where the Old Elephant might end up next.

Unit 12 has been engaging with the epicentre of the regeneration, the much maligned sink estate of the Heygate. Working from the outside in we have been considering the developer’s red line as a potential seam, rather than a boundary – a territory for exchange where future plans can be interwoven with the existing built and social fabric.

Incremental and ephemeral speculations and strategies that respond to local communities are proposed to inhabit the ‘borrowed time’ that the estate will be subject to during the anticipated two decades of planning, demolition and construction. Inspired by this condition of urban ‘inbetweeness’ the unit has collaborated to produce a re-working of the masterplan that critically addresses issues of conservation and continuity, preservation and permanence. Our approach questions the accepted methodology of situationless formal regeneration and places inherent value on the particular, the peculiar and the specific.

The Rise and Fall of the Elephant, Southwark Local Archive

Details

Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2

Images

 Concrete Jungle
Concrete Jungle Rufus Willis

Rufus Willis 

 No. 26 Wansey Street
No. 26 Wansey Street Rufus Willis

Rufus Willis 

 Now Then
Now Then Filipa Marques Neto

Filipa Marques Neto 

 Inside the Elephant
Inside the Elephant Laura Davies

Laura Davies 

 Inside the Elephant
Inside the Elephant Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes 

 Outside the Castle
Outside the Castle Ane Van Der Westhuizen

Ane Van Der Westhuizen 

 Outside the Castle
Outside the Castle Yun Wing Ng

Yun Wing Ng 

 We Was All One
We Was All One Unit 12

Documenting conversations in the neighbourhood 

 We Was All One: Beril and Edwin on East Street Market
We Was All One Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes 

 Castles Made of Sand
Castles Made of Sand Laura Davies

Laura Davies 

 Borrowed Time
Borrowed Time Robin Turner

Robin Turner 

 The New Elephant
The New Elephant Unit 12

Group site model of proposed masterplan 

 The New Elephant
The New Elephant Unit 12 Group Site Model

Group site model of proposed masterplan 

 Library in a Landscape
Library in a landscape Simon Maddy

Simon Maddy 

 Theatre on the Park
Theatre on the park Meredith Hull

Meredith Hull 

 Reading Room in the Woods
Reading room in the woods Simon Maddy

Simon Maddy 

 Under the Arches
Under the Arches Laura Davies

Laura Davies 

 Walworth Woods
Walworth Woods Simon Maddy

Simon Maddy 

 Crossways Relocated
Crossways Relocated Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes 

Chris Barnes
Tom Brown
Laura Davies
Meredith Hull
Simon Maddy
Nicola Nash
Filipa Marques Neto
Yun Wing Ng
Robin Turner
Ané Van Der Westhuizen