The Wetland Project

Location: Hoxton Docks, London
Type: Competition
Client: The Architecture Foundation
Status: Complete

The Wetland Project is our entry for the Architecture Foundation’s Antepavilion 2020 competition and is a proposal for education in permaculture, food production and the propagation of urban wetlands.

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The project begins with the construction of the Wetland Pavilion, an ephemeral, multifunctional floating classroom and workshop space. Masquerading as scaffolding used to repair the brick facades of Hoxton Docks, the structure is exempt from planning restrictions. Its design encourages the nesting of wild birds, in turn creating further legal protections.

As part of the programme of education and events, the pavilion will be used as a gardening and learning space for planting vegetables and making floating wetlands to be released onto the Regents Canal. The programme emphasises a pro-active approach to engaging with local organisations.

The lightweight structure is made up of scaffolding that supports tensioned cables and galvanized agricultural troughs, which draw water from the canal, self-irrigating edible climbing plants that make the structure’s skin. The Wetland Pavilion is low-cost, temporary and almost entirely rented, eliminating the material waste typically associated with temporary structures.