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Paradise Park Children's Centre

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location London
function bar, kindergarten
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Paradise Park was no Garden of Eden when this project began. The park was overgrown and more of a dump for burnt-out motorbikes than a communal green space. The brief to put a building in the park was hence a tricky planning issue and a challenge the architects confronted head on. If there had to be a structure encroaching on existing open space, why not turn the building itself into a bit of park? This thinking led to the most stunning aspect, the vertical green walls facing the street and announcing the park beyond. It is not just outwardly green, with rainwater being collected to feed the irrigation system buried in the walls, which waters the 7000 plants on the façade. Inside, the main staircase is another little gem. Leading from the nursery level and cafe up to the open-plan office space, it is, all in black and white, a quiet and almost meditative space. It is lit indirectly by a high-level window and at night by muted lighting hidden underneath the handrails.

Eadaoin says:
I was searching for this building online and surprised to see what it used to look like. It has now been clad in diagonal mesh trellises, with vines and climbing plants, and looks great.
Nice idea - but unfortunately within one year the plants on the green wall have all died and the building gives the impression of being derelict.
london, United Kingdom 28-Aug-10
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Paradise Park Children's Centre
Mackenzie Road 164
United Kingdom
Project is public!
Opening hours The bar is open to the public.
How to get there? By underground: get off at either Highbury & Islington or Holloway Road stop. Then walk down Holloway Road until the crossing with Palmer, which will take you directly to Paradise Park.
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Completion 2006
Client Sure Start Hillmarton + Islington Play Association + Islington Green Space + Paradise Project
Project ID 849
Latitude/Longitude 51°32'58N 00°06'41W
Contributed by Cordula_Zeidler
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