CORAM’S FIELDS, LONDON
Type: Competition winning proposal, planning permission received
: Collingham Gardens Nursery, Camden Council.
Gardens, Tree Canopies, Wooden Huts and City Blocks
proposal won first place in a closed two-stage competition of 10 practices in
then gained full planning permission with Camden Council.
scheme places importance upon the tree canopies as lofty spaces, outside rooms,
woodland clearings. The existing walled garden is like a large protective room,
with volumes of spaces beneath the trees and the huts that lay beneath.
proposed a wooden structure nestling under the trees, weaving into the fabric
of this garden, it’s neighbouring city buildings, the garden gate entrance and
the tree positions. The nursery rooms reside beneath a large roof, which
inflects upwards to a highpoint in the centre of the garden, and gently folds
down to be equivalent to the height of the existing garden wall perimeters.
This allows the garden walls to maintain their enclosing presence whilst
offering variations of scale to the interior spaces, with obvious, yet playful
relations between the scale of the child and the adult world.
the east side of the nursery structure is a sheltered woodland veranda that
stretches along the length of the nursery, providing outside sheltered play
relating to the interior rooms. We focussed upon pockets of space around the
building, like outside rooms, responding to their immediate site context, between
the garden wall and the edges of the new building form.