A timelapse video of the Viewpoint project's installation.
The Architecture Foundation and The Finnish Institute in London are delighted to have realised this project in collaboration with London Wildlife Trust. Aarti, Ollila & Ristola, a team of emerging Finnish designers, were commissioned to design and deliver a permanent Viewpoint structure for Camley Street Natural Park located in London’s King’s Cross.
The structure, which was built in Autumn/Winter 2013, will serve as a viewing platform and additional workshop facility for the London Wildlife Trust’s popular Camley Street Natural Park. The nature reserve, which sits alongside Regents Canal, welcomes 30,000 visitors a year and acts as an invaluable study centre for many local London schools. Camley Street’s new structure will allow London Wildlife Trust to expand its educational remit by hosting additional workshops to examine and monitor the canal and its associated wildlife. The park provides a natural habitat for birds, butterflies, amphibians and a rich variety of plant life on its unique two acres of wild green space right in the heart of London.
Aarti, Ollila & Ristola were selected through a competitive process. Three emerging Finnish architectural teams, Erkko Aarti & Arto Ollila; Esa Ruskeepää Architects (ERA); and Heikki Muntola & Toni Österlund, were invited to submit a proposal for the Camley Street Viewpoint that responded to this unique site. Following this competitive process the commissioning partners along with a panel of jury members selected Erkko Aari & Arto Ollila's 'Habitat Island' as the winning proposal. The jury included Marcos Cruz, Director of the Bartlett School of Architecture; Owen Pritchard, Deputy Editor, Icon Magazine and Ken Trew, Project Director, Argent.
Video courtesy of John Sturrock