RIBA Chartered Practice
A mixed-use floating village is planned for London's Docklands.
The village design has the bold ambition of the original dock builders and would be innovative and inspirational; a new london icon and legacy that future generations could be proud of.
Development is set away from the dock edge and surrounded by a ‘blue belt’, to provide space to breathe and express the unique ‘aquatecture’. Water is the public realm for all sorts of events to cater for everyone; like dragon boat and rowing races, carnivals, boat shows, gondolas, floating weddings or space to just sit.
Conceived as a ‘Crown’ in the Royal Docks, it would form; the head of a necklace of floating settlements that could extend throughout the Docks along a watery ‘Champs Elysee’ boulevard.
Houses, offices and shops can all be approached by a network of canals and beautifully illuminated at night.
It contains all of the components one would expect of a quintessential British village but on water; small local stores, a village hall/gallery, and even a floating village pub set in the central village blue.
The best way to approach the new landmark is by boat.