A building for a community of construction workers, critiquing the banal architecture of modern London with an architecture informed by "A Pattern Language".
The Tower Hill Community is the first phase of a masterplan for a new independent city of London, bringing those industries and peoples who have been zoned out of the City of London, back to its centre.
This first phase of a plan that could potentially take hundreds of years to fulfil proposes a building for a community of construction workers, including migrants (who form 40% of construction workers in London)1; workers who, despite being responsible for the building of the City, have come to live on the edges of society: both geographically and socially. This community at society's edge is brought back to the city's centre, from where they can begin to rebuild the new independent City of London.
The site which is on Tower Hill, overlooks the Tower of London and fills a recently vacated plot which includes one of the few remaining fragments of the Roman city wall that once defined the boundary of the City State of London.
The project is a critique of the banal architecture of the modern City of London, proposing instead an architecture defined by community, craft and complex spatiality through the application of "A Pattern Language" by Christopher Alexander.
1 Hsiao-Hung Pai, Migrant construction workers: overlooked and in danger, The Guardian, (April 10th 2010).Royal Engineers Museum narrative model