Sayer Street
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SAYER STREET

Jan Kattein Architects + BD Landscape Architects

MANUFACTURERS
Palram, Rationel, Dulux Azkonobel Trade, LAYHER, Ligman, Orbis Schreder

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
BD Landscape Architects

LIGHTING DESIGN
Michael Grubb Studio

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Engineers HRW

E/M ENGINEERING
Buro Happold

PLANNING CONSULTANT
DP9

CLIENT
Lendlease

CONTRACTOR
Lendlease Construction

PROJECT ARCHITECT
Gareth Marriott

FURNITURE DESIGN
Rawls

PRINCIPAL USE
Immersive Urban Park, Community Radio Station, Art Gallery & Flower Shop

YEAR
2021

CATAGORY
Public Space, Gallery, Community

LOCATION
London, United Kingdom

AREA
280 m²

Sayer Street
© Jack Hobhouse
Sayer Street
© Jack Hobhouse

On a sliver of land just four meters wide, Sayer Street packs in the infrastructure to support all the social life which characterizes London’s best-loved high streets.

Sayer Street
© Jack Hobhouse
Sayer Street
© Jack Hobhouse

Set against the construction hoarding for mixed-use development within the Elephant Park masterplan, the project complements the recently opened terrace of cafes and restaurants on the south of Sayer Street until the other half of the high street is complete.

The temporary nature of the scheme allows it to test responses to some of the existential questions facing town centers across the country, including how to balance the implications of the emerging experience economy against the continuing need for civic spaces that define a sense of belonging in the city.

Sayer Street
© Jack Hobhouse
Sayer Street
© Jack Hobhouse

Our response takes the form of a linear folly. Undulating canopies shelter event spaces and seating nooks, interspersed with lush planting and three compact workspace pavilions.

Abundant exotic planting is a central part of the spatial experience, softly enclosing areas within the folly.

Sayer Street
© Jack Hobhouse
Sayer Street
© Jack Hobhouse

A community radio station, a flower shop, and an art gallery art the first workspace tenants completing our high street microcosm with retail and cultural activity.

The entire assemblage sits within a framework of brightly colored scaffold and lighting that draw the eye ever further down the street.

These, for us, are the pleasures of walking in the city: reasons to wander, opportunities to meet, and vantage points for watching life go by.

Sayer Street
© Jack Hobhouse
Sayer Street
© Jack Hobhouse

Once the development behind is completed in three years’ time, the modular scaffold that makes up the superstructure will be struck.

And the workspace pavilions, manufactured off-site, will be re-deployed at a school, community space, or elsewhere within the regeneration site.


Sayer Street
Courtesy of Jan Kattein Architects

Sayer Street
Courtesy of Jan Kattein Architects