Gibbons Rent rises up
The Architecture Foundation, Team London Bridge and Southwark Council chose Burns’ proposal, which suggests that the space be transformed into a ‘sociable garden’ made up of a growing collection of potted plants.
“I am delighted to be working on this project together with Sarah Eberle,” said Burns. “We believe that our vision for Gibbon’s Rent will not only provide a strong identity for the site, but will also allow long-term community engagement with the space.”
The first phase of the project will be launched on 23 June 2012. The space will be animated through events planned to coincide with Cityscapes and the London Festival of Architecture 2012, but will last beyond these celebrations as a permanent public realm improvement.
Sarah Ichioka, Director of The Architecture Foundation, said: “It is a core part of The Architecture Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of the built environment, and the Gibbon’s Rent transformation will do just that, making a positive, playful, and permanent contribution to this hitherto neglected corner of London.”
Once complete, the maintenance of the space will be managed by Team London Bridge and homeless charity St Mungo’s.