GHOST THRONES & GATEWAYS
PLAYFUL PLACE-MAKING INTERVENTIONS IN THE GARDENS SURROUNDING ST PAUL'S CATHERDRAL
We were invited by the City of London Corporation to propose a series of temporary public realm interventions and enhancements in the gardens surrounding St Paul’s Cathedral, an area of exceptional architectural and urban heritage.
The proposals are for playful adaptation of existing benches and plinths The design concept is to abstract the geometry of St Paul’s motifs to bring the delight of the cathedral out into the public realm and connect people to the character of the place.
SYMBOLIC STREET FURNITURE
The interventions give a playful nod to the strongly metaphorical street furniture characteristic in the surrounding areas, such as the Sphinx and Camel Benches, which enhanced the status of London when they were created. They provide an additional, positive benefit and amenity for the public realm, and encourage an element of sociability and interaction, through playfulness and surprise.
IDENTITY & WAYFINDING
The two types of interventions are inspired by the geometry of St Paul’s and the surrounds;
Ghost Gateways to Old Change; revealing and highlight the historic street pattern, as well as “Throne” benches; creating intimate niches for rest. The interventions form markers and way-finding devices to indicate a legible entrance to Festival gardens and assist with pedestrian orientation. The Ghost Gateways also serve to highlight the historic street of “Old Change”.