The design is a playful tribute to shipping and waterway transport. The scheme proposes a contemporary cargo of modular furniture, which can be assembled in different configurations to activate and amplify waterfront activities.
The design preserves and strengthens the integrity of the 84-year-old barge, Ouse, while redefining the vessel’s role from a transporter of goods to a space for “pop-up” performances, parties, community gatherings, and the like.
Ouse’s new cargo consists of hollow units fabricated from scrap wood (scavenged from shipping pallets, crates, demolition sites). The units are designed to interlock, and are easily stacked to create seating surfaces, platforms, and walls. Once in their desired position, the units are secured and finished with a final layer of decking, which elevates the waste materials into simple, functional furnishings.
The Antepavilion Commission is an annual competition to design and build an experimental structure for an evolving series of installations on public display at Hoxton Docks on the Regent’s canal in London.
Elizabeth Golden, Philip Straeter