Urban Revitalization
von | Mar 2, 2011

The brief for the Barking Central urban planning project was to redevelop the center of the London suburb. The architects at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris planned and designed the buildings for it. This involved converting existing structures, in some cases retaining the old footprints and extending them with functional, partitioning details. In others, as in the case of the six-floor residential block, entire storeys were added. The plans for the new Barking Learning Center complex, which houses a library, teaching rooms, and galleries, included merging levels to meet functional requirements.

The bright colors were inspired by the oeuvre of the artist Andy Goldsworthy. Among other things they emphasize the wide protrusion of the balconies and the interiors of the loggias.

In the front: The "Barking Learning Center "with cladding panels by Trespa and windows by Schüco
The chandeliers which line the colonnade of the Learning Center, were designed by Tom Dixon and students from the Royal College of Art
"Barking Central", near London, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects | All photos © courtesy of ahmm and Tim Soar
The interior of Barking Learning Centre was designed by Tom Dixon in cooperation with muf architecture/art
The Colonade, as well as the public spaces were designed by muf architecture/art
The bricks of the house "Barking Central 2" were supplied by Ibstock