Kingston Market Area — London

As part of a design competition, 5th Studio developed concept design proposals and an outline public realm strategy for the re-invention of Kingston’s historic market area. Centred on the Market Place itself, the project also encompassed an urban design strategy for the broader network of public realm spaces that constitute the core of Kingston’s historic centre.

The proposals sought to maximise the potential of the existing spaces and urban fabric; a pragmatic de-cluttering and editing of the existing, paired with the new design narratives that identify rich latent themes within the key urban settings of Kingston’s market area.

In the Market Place itself, the proposals established a highly particular public realm with explicit connections to the historic context. The ground plane of the Market Place was subtly differentiated by the use of materials and surfaces, and the delineation of these surfaces keyed to a singular geometry – set by the Market Hall – to counter the tendency of vehicular and servicing routes to dominate the space.



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