"The judges commended this approach saying that ‘more students need to be looking at their projects from an ecological standpoint with the same strong ambition’.
They praised the project for pushing boundaries, describing the quality of the visuals as 'breathtaking'."
Sited where city turns to countryside in Enfield, the project addresses green belt policy. The policy – implemented to prevent urban sprawl – is argued to be a contributor to London’s housing crisis. The site, opposite Oakwood underground station, is 200m away from Cockfosters tube depot, set to be demolished and rebuilt. It is proposed that the disused depot’s materials would be salvaged for housing and a community centre. It adopts a hyper-localised approach to material sourcing. Ultimately the project aims to propose a ‘right way’ to build within the green belt.
A thorough, mature and original project. We asked students to reflect on what British architects do today, and whether there should be a rethinking of the way practices operate. Joe’s response was unexpected but all the better for that. Murray Fraser and Michiko Sumi
BSc (Hons) Architecture
Reformulating Practice (unit 0)
Tightening the Green Belt: Oakwood Mews