Store Street Crescent, 4th - 12th July 2012

The crescent outside The Building Centre was transformed with 7,000 sandbags into a temporary urban park for 10 days as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Oculus, designed by Roz Barr Architects and engineers Ramboll was the latest in a series of temporary interventions in Store Street's South Crescent to test ideas for the future use of this small but significant piece of public realm.

The hessian sandbags transformed the Crescent with a newly crafted surface; creating a series of spaces, seating and a 120-seat amphitheatre topped by a suspended pool of water. The suspended pool, created from a steel ring supporting a membrane of transparent material filled with water, will frame distorted views of the trees, buildings and sky above the amphitheatre and lends the installation its name.

Oculus is an NLA and The Building Centre project, sponsored by Derwent London and supported by the Arts Council and the London Borough of Camden.

Time-lapse footage courtesy of Ramboll.
Still photography courtesy of Agnese Sanvito and Matt Chisnell.

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