professor | Hal Hayes location | London, England duration | 3 months
The Southbank Centre in London is a site full of activity. The area includes three venues: the Hayward Gallery, the Queen Elizabeth, and the National. However, a competition
is ongoing to design yet another venue on the site to allow for experimental and contemporary performances. Thus the design of a new center was proposed connecting not only the three venues on the site and facilitating movement between them, but also connecting to a larger urban network
by extending an existing green way throughout the city from the new developments in Battersea, through the Southbank entertainment district, to Tower Bridge.
The particular placement of the theater on the site, by connecting it to the Hayward Gallery, alludes to the aspiration of the space to become an experimental performance venue. The Hayward Gallery has in recent years declined in popularity due to the development and success of the Tate Modern. Thus the goal is to reinvigorate the Hayward Gallery by intimately attaching the new venue into its program.
Of further interest was also the creation of a pocket or plaza of activity by placing a market and green spaces on the ground floor in order to activate the ground plane that was previously left unusable by the undercroft.