Scope: Architecture & Public Realm
Location: Central London
A Sculptural new Hospitality Destination
We were invited to develop a concept for a new signature development at a sensitive and high profile central London site.
Waterfall Place creates an inspiring new sculptural landmark at this unique city location. Part building, part artwork, it forms a spectacular intervention inspired by the tradition of water feature and fountains marking key urban locations.
A collection of mysterious cascade-like apparitions rise from the earth, seemingly suspended mid-air. Like a series of frozen waterfalls, the gently shimmering intervention aims to evoke both a sense of awe but also brings a sense of tranquillity to the bustling site surrounded by traffic. By taking a strongly metaphorical approach, the concept seeks to move people’s emotions and bring out the senses, with the intention of creating a place which is enjoyed and loved as a striking but gently new icon that captures the imagination.
The intriguingly ethereal and playful form of the pavilion creates a distinctive and unique destination for visitors whilst also providing visual delight and enjoyment for passers-by. The screened façade catches the lights and reflects the surrounding trees and sky, so is ever-changing in appearance.
The variations in texture and depth, light and shadow create an intriguing destination for people to discover and explore. The approach also takes into consideration the sensitivity required with respect to the historic setting, so creates a complementary landmark rather than competing, through delicate and intriguing means.