The community ‘Walled Garden’ and its immediate boundary conditions with adjacent activities.
Approaching the Gatehouse Nursery & Communal Hall.
View from Downhills Park entrance.
View from the nursery outdoor space.
East Elevation illustrating the main entry facade.
North Elevation illustrating boundary to park and openings to north light.
Exploded axonometric illustrating the interior spaces, adjacencies and relationships between activities
Studio Weave were announced as runners-up in Pocket Living’s competition to design a new community centre and nursery in North London. The contest initially attracted 95 expressions of interest and 8 finalists were shortlisted for the second stage of tender.
Inspired by the historic Downhills house and gardens, the proposal reimagined the role of the traditional country house gatehouse in a contemporary urban setting, where concentric brick rainbows herald a welcome, and calm colonnades contain an airy space for play and interaction in an oasis of green. By rotating the massing, the proposal optimized both sunlight and visual links between the external spaces, the new neighbourhood and the park.