The new landmark for Aldgate will create two distinct worlds, allowing it to be enjoyed as both a place of secluded relaxation as well as an extravagant landmark for all passersby. The landmark juxtaposes the intense urban setting with the idea of a calmer garden space that platforms above the streetscape.
A triangular, translucent form supported by groups of slender columns, which allows the volume to float above the existing traffic island. On the ground a sense of place is established with a triangular metal threshold.
Pedestrian traffic is directed through metaphorical gates created by groups of columns positioned on all three corners of the triangle. Sound, light, people and surroundings are all reflected in the angular ceiling above, intensifying the activity and loudness of this transitional city space. Openings in the ceiling allow for light to penetrate into the centre of the undercroft and for views up to the space above. Trees growing up through these opes and a set of stairs establish a link between both disparate worlds.
Ascending the stairs one is confronted with a contradictory atmosphere. Isolated from the city below, muted sounds and softened light, one is amongst the foliage of trees; a walled garden in Aldgate. Here, in the moment of calm, visitors are invited to linger and the undulating floor is open to a range of activities including picnics, sunbathing and small performances.