Part of a team design that sought to create the train station of the future (Clapham Connection), Capture Park is the park design and water capture/reuse strategy. Located in Wandsworth, London, the goal of Capture Park is to create a social space that both residents and visitors can enjoy. People come together here to experience comradery with different cultures and witness the importance of water as recreational commodity and threat.
The playground is the figurative heart of the park where the excitement of the children’s play allows for social connections between parents of different cultures. Other program areas consist of gathering spaces outside the adjacent Knowledge Center, a performance stage for concerts, areas for typical London park lounging, and water features that visitors can interact with both visually and physically.
The water capture strategy on-site is the prominent feature of the park, where water collected from the green spaces and rooftop structures is stored in a 300,000 gallon underground cistern to be later used for irrigation and non-potable uses in the Knowledge Center. The pool varies in depth throughout the year to reflect the amount of rainfall collected, thereby revealing geometries at the edge of the pool that offer places where children can interact playfully with the water.
There is a gradient of paving and grass that references the juxtaposition of built and natural spaces in London where both built structure and natural growth exist together, reminding visitors of the complexity of the urban environment.
PROJECT VALUE MANIFESTATION:
When aesthetics align with technical practicality and social intention, the resulting design has the potential to positively affect those who experience the space. The intention of Capture Park is to manifest the desire to make beautiful outdoor places that are both inviting and desirable places to spend time.