City consists of roads, streets, buildings, people and nature and your living environments are dependent on the way these individual ingredients are interrelated. Roads are complete with series of buildings; the programme in the building determines the atmosphere of road or street over time and the ‘place making’ is only complete by people.
Beyond the Doors - Where does your door take you to?
“Beyond the Doors” focuses on the relationship between street and building; particularly the DOORS. Door is an architectural threshold between two different rooms, inside and outside. Door usually takes you to a room with different temperature, different smell, and different sound, different light condition. ‘Alice in Wonderland’ had holes that take Alice to different world, The Moving Castle of Howel’ had door and dial that takes Howel to different places.
Buildings in Wimbledon Town Centre face and communicates with street via their ‘front’ door, while as back door is used for services or undisclosed functions. Also in the programme on ground floor determines the atmosphere of the street, and residents upstairs have to adjust to what’s given to them.
Today’s Wimbledon Town Centre has the shopping areas zoned by its scale and type, such as primary shopping area, secondary shopping area. Streets are polarized into ‘commercial’ or ‘residential’ street that are not particular from any other UK town centres. In 2030, when Crossrail can take the Wimbledon locals to central London in 15 minutes, Wimbledon will need to accommodate various type of residents including the younger generations and their life style.
We propose Wimbledon town centre to physically accommodate younger life style by proposing various type of streetscapes, providing places for living, working and shopping. Some may live, work, and shop all in one, some may live or work, or shop only. Proposed town centre offers compact flats for those who wants high quality of living in this area, offices and shops for those who wants various ‘front street environments’.
Buildings with multiply ‘front doors’, multi-dimensional streetscape
Buildings will have numerous ‘front doors’ facing to different streets. Streets and buildings are interlinked to give multi-dimensional experience and security options to residents and visitors. Residents and shoppers have selection of doors leading them to different environments, and this will generate new Wimbledon identity additional to the tennis, strawberry & cream.
MEMBERS: Sang Hoon Youm, Jooeun Sung, Jinjin Lee