The City of London
Culture Mile, City of London
My proposal presents ideas for what I consider to be an area of opportunity in the city of London. I regularly walk the Beech St underpass, all too quickly due to poor aesthetics, ventilation, natural light and noise. My aim is to create stronger connections between people and the City, urging a change in people's perceptions and identifying the square mile as the cultural epicentre of London. Walking above Beech Street on the Barbican podium level as a curious pedestrian it stuck me how much open space and potential for activity there is. I believe that creating connectivity between these two spaces could make them better for pedestrians below and above. In terms of aesthetics my initial inspiration is the City's Coat of Arms that hangs above three entrances to the Beech St tunnel. Through studying this further I discovered the several cast iron dragons statues that mark the perimeter of the city. I propose re-cladding Beech St with shingles that are inspired by the City's emblem. This allows the facade to remain permeable, carrying out the current function as some form of ventilation to the neighbouring car park. The facade twists and turns, it has rhythm, it dances; mirroring some of the activities within the adjacent Barbican Centre.