New London Housing Competition

New London Housing Competition

This competition was organized by New London Architecture, to generate ideas for housing a future London – a city already devouring itself in search of space for an ever-growing population. We see an unavoidable future London with little reliance on private car travel. Future political and planning disincentives such as congestion charges, the volatility of oil supply, communal car ownership along with taxes and environmental restrictions, put a used-by date on the future of a car-dominated London. This is an opportunity for us to reshape the London environment: What could we do with all these car parks?

With the trend of car use steadily decreasing, we will soon reach a tipping point where the once-common London multi-storey car park will no longer be financially viable. Located in desirable, inner city areas, close to retail, commercial and cultural uses, we propose that these car parks form the basis of a valuable and reusable model for the conversion of inner-city car parks to a mixed used community focused development.

We proposed a typological investigation and reuse of car parks throughout inner London, coupled with a proposed funding model that was based on an old-fashioned ‘building society’, where a group of home-buyers came together and pooled their resources to aid them in providing homes for themselves and other memebers of the society. We also explored the possibility for Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, to own and operate housing precincts/developments for the benefits of their shareholders, with the long term, low-yield of these investments out-weighing the short term, ‘flip-it’ mentality currently surrounding housing development.

This project was a collaboration with Oliver Du Puy Architects from Melbourne, Australia and Kevin Liu.