Building Tour: The Blue Market Bermondsey by Hayatsu Architects & Assemble

Join Takeshi Hayatsu, director of Hayatsu Architects, for a guided tour exploring the historic Blue Market in Bermondsey

Starts:

06:30pm, Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Until:

08:00pm, Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Tour Guides:

Takeshi Hayatsu
Takeshi Hayatsu is a Japanese architect based in London and principal of Hayatsu Architects. Takeshi studied architecture at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and Architectural Association in London. He worked for David Chipperfield Architects, Haworth Tompkins and 6a architects before establishing Hayatsu Architects in 2017. Alongside his practice he teaches MArch unit in Kingston School of Art and conducts annual summer school in Japan with Grizedale Arts.

 

Duration: Approx 1.5 hr

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm 

Tickets: £8 // AF Members and Supporters can receive 20% Discount with code

Start: The Blue Market, Market Pl, London SE16 3UQ 

 

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Join Takeshi Hayatsu, director of Hayatsu Architects, for a guided tour exploring the historic Blue Market in Bermondsey’s town centre. The practice has designed a series of careful interventions to revitalise the existing urban fabric, working alongside a multi-disciplinary team including the art and architecture collective Assemble and graphic designers Stinsensqueeze

Formed in the 11th century along the pilgrimage route to Bermondsey Abbey, the historic market place was once at the centre of Bermondsey's industrial community, sustained by the thousands of workers employed by local factories including the famous Peek Freans biscuit factory. During the market's heyday in the 19th century, more than 200 stalls lined Southwark Park Road, and it was commonly said that you could buy anything ‘Down the Blue’. In recent decades, following post-war clearance, declining industry and the closure of Surrey Docks, the market has become disconnected from the surrounding developments. 

Funded by the Greater London Authority through the Good Growth Fund, the market has been transformed through a series of careful interventions designed by Hayatsu Architects and Assemble, in collaboration with representatives from Southwark Council, the Blue Bermondsey Business Improvement District, Big Local Works and Community Opportunity.   

Initially, the team focussed on creating a better connection to the market place from surrounding areas, introducing new cut through routes, and locating new way-finding signage and community murals along the way from various key local businesses. The project aims to increase the footfall to the market and stitch the site into the wider network of existing and future developments.

The design team harnessed the spirit of local production by actively involving the community and manufacturers in the making of the place. 'Bermondsey Lions' were drawn by market visitors, forming a new graphic identity for the redevelopment. Hand embossed tin cladding tiles form a new material language for a clock tower, creating focal point in the square, embodying the pride of community and marking a visible identity of the place.

Tour Guide:

Takeshi Hayatsu

Takeshi Hayatsu is a Japanese architect based in London and principal of Hayatsu Architects. Takeshi studied architecture at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and Architectural Association in London. He worked for David Chipperfield Architects, Haworth Tompkins and 6a architects before establishing Hayatsu Architects in 2017. Alongside his practice he teaches MArch unit in Kingston School of Art and conducts an annual summer school in Japan with Grizedale Arts.