Abby Road Recreation Center

Abby Road Estate, Camden London

To begin studio we took a class trip to London for a week to study Brutalist architecture and social housing. After visiting a few examples our class decided to create an intervention at Alexandria Road Estate in Camden, London. I decided to focus on reinvigorating the park by creating a recreation center that the city and estate could use. This raised the question of how can a static mass create motion and movement while also being permeable. To address this the program became a recreation center focusing on aerobic exercises like running, dancing, rock climbing, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and basketball. To create a permeable mass the ground level has three self contained glass pavilions allowing for walkers and bikers to move through the site and into the park. The second floor then becomes its own entity extending over all of the pavilions articulating the site as one entity.