camden market, london
The broad curve of Regent’s Canal, which opens up views across the locks, and activity along Chalk Farm Road combine to form Camden Market’s characterful setting. Redevelopment proposals are enhancing this popular but neglected site and addressing connectivity issues associated with its heavy dissection by infrastructure and services.
Urban realm proposals move from public open spaces along the watercourse and surrounding the four-storey market bazaar, through a series of enclosed plazas serving offices, workshops and retail units, to communal and roof gardens.
Flexibility is inherent within the design, so a handful of people feel at ease within spaces which can also accommodate bustling street markets and events. In response to the area's artistic temperament, playful sculptural elements encourage use by all ages and monumentally-scaled benches reference the canal lock arms.