A young team from Insall’s London studio named DS.twelve (inspired by an internal acronym for the office) have been shortlisted by the London Festival of Architecture in their Arch 42 Gateways Competition: to transform a historic railway arch and key public route between the new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station.
In the changing landscape of Nine Elms, The Story Walk celebrates the stories of the area and its inhabitants presented in an interactive and playful wayfinding installation using coloured lanterns inspired by stained glass making – once a prominent industry in the area. At the heart of their approach is a fascination of overlapping stories and the belief that change is continuous and vital to the ongoing life of places.
As well as drawing on historical research, the team aim to work with local community groups to collect untold local stories, past and present, to build a picture of the area that is layered with memories.
In doing so they will bring the community together with stories told through the voices of people who live and work there (past and present), while transforming the arch into a bright and curious beacon that will illuminate a vital route that connects communities to the north and south.
To discover more about their vision please visit: Arch 42 Gateways: The virtual exhibition – London Festival of Architecture