Viewpoint for Camley Street Natural ParkComing Winter 2014
The Architecture Foundation and The Finnish Institute in London are delighted to be collaborating with London Wildlife Trust to commission Aarti, Ollila & Ristola, a team of emerging Finnish designers, to design and deliver a permanent Viewpoint structure for Camley Street Natural Park located in London’s King’s Cross.
The structure, which will be built and launched in Autumn/Winter 2013, will be designed to serve as a viewing platform and additional workshop facility for the London Wildlife Trust’s popular Camley Street Natural Park. The nature reserve, which sits alongside Regents Canal, welcomes 30,000 visitors a year and acts as an invaluable study centre for many local London schools. Camley Street’s new structure will allow London Wildlife Trust to expand its educational remit by hosting additional workshops to examine and monitor the canal and its associated wildlife. The park provides a natural habitat for birds, butterflies, amphibians and a rich variety of plant life on its unique two acres of wild green space right in the heart of London.
Aarti, Ollila & Ristola were selected through a competitive process. Three emerging Finnish architectural teams, Erkko Aarti & Arto Ollila; Esa Ruskeepää Architects (ERA); and Heikki Muntola & Toni Österlund, were invited to submit a proposal for the Camley Street Viewpoint that responded to this unique site. Following this competitive process the commissioning partners along with a panel of jury members selected Erkko Aari & Arto Ollila's 'Habitat Island' as the winning proposal. The jury included Marcos Cruz, Director of the Bartlett School of Architecture; Owen Pritchard, Deputy Editor, Icon Magazine and Ken Trew, Project Director, Argent.
Erkko Aarti & Arto Ollila were lated joined by Mikki Ristola to form the final design team.
The three practices competing for the commission were selected from a long list of eight practices nominated by Finnish architects Ville Hara (Avanto Architects), Vesa Oiva (Anttinen-Oiva Architects) and Samuli Woolston (ALA Architects). The nominators who are themselves key representatives of a new generation of architects working in Finland took part in the New Architects: Finland_UK Exchange Programme curated by the Finnish Institute, The Architecture Foundation and the Museum of Finnish Architecture in 2012.
Viewpoint Video: Ideas Behind The Platform
In this video, Camden area manager for London Wildlife Trust Phil Paulo and the Finnish architect Erkko Aarti, explain the benefits, uses and the idea behind the floating platform.
Viewpoint Video: An Urban Island Hideaway
An overview of the context in which Viewpoint is being realised showcasing Camley Street Natural Park in relation to the Regent's Canal and the wider regeneration of King's Cross.
Viewpoint Video: Viewpoint Architects at LDF 2013
The Finnish Institute in London organised a series of architectural talks during London Design Festival 2013 to preview Viewpoint, An Urban Island Hideaway for Camley Street Natural Park.