UG3 is run by Dr. Jan Kattein & Julia King
with students: Richard Aina, Carrie Coningsby, Ali Conning-Rowland, Francis Hardy, Iman Mohd Hadzhalie, Angus Iles, Charlie Redman, Louise Rymell, Shona Sharma, Rachael Taylor, Chris Dembinski, Yangyang Liu, Pan Tzannetakis, Valerie Vyvial, Max Worrell
The King's Cross Skip Garden features 9 innovative structures designed and made by architecture students from the Bartlett School of Architecture.
In close collaboration with educational charity Global Generation students developed design concepts, raised funding, gained planning permission and realised their projects on a real site in central London. The projects are deeply in tune with the cycles of the garden and respond to the unique urban context of King's Cross. Innovative design solutions are the result of satisfying a present need and responding to an actual set of parameters. Teamwork and collaboration - essential skills of the professional architect - were of uttermost importance for the success of the project.
The project is interesting in a number of ways. For the first time in living memory Bartlett students design and build a real project on a real site for a real client. The engagement with Global Generation has moved centre stage in the students' design process. Engaging in detail with the charity's educational remit has brought about designs that are unique, specific and responsive. The project sets a precedent for how architecture can be taught, but it also sets a precedent for the role of architectural practise to engage and empower communities.
Almost all materials are reclaimed, many of them from the Kings Cross development sites surrounding the garden. Earth, dug out adjacent to the site was used to construct a rammed earth wall. Reclaimed scaffolding boards form the filtration beds for the greywater recycling scape, a reclaimed shipping container serves as foundation and base for the twilight gardening space which in turn is clad with reclaimed sash windows sourced locally and a produce coolstore and poetry writing space is built from earthbag walls made from coffee sacks donated by a local roastery. Come and visit.
The garden and kitchen is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4pm. See globalgeneration.org.uk
The Bartlett School of Architecture degree show is open Saturday 27 June – Saturday 11 July, search "Bartlett Show' for opening times.