Due to large scale investments in the development and creation of new cultural destinations, the south bank of the river Thames has transformed radically over the past several decades. Across multiple scales, abstract and physical barriers posit an interesting opportunity for the south bank to address and recapture its identity.
The Southbank Link revitalizes existing barriers to act as thresholds that encourage community gathering and interaction by housing programs for the south bank’s present and future residents. The Southbank Link also strengthens connections between larger infrastructural proposals along the river’s edge, like the Thames Tideway Tunnel and the Battersea Gardens, and the underserved neighborhoods that lie adjacent to the inter-regional rail line.
In order to increase access to the waterfront, The Southbank Link renegotiates existing trails and integrates a system of floating boardwalks, piers, and landscaped gardens for pedestrians and cyclists to interact with the Thames.
Longitudinal movement is activated by the introduction of new pedestrian, cyclist and public commuter train routes that follow the path of the existing rail line. These routes are serviced by transit “nodes,” which include access to elevated transportation options with paternoster systems and house programs that serve to stabilize nearby communities. These nodes also act as joints between transverse and longitudinal connections. The location of transverse links are determined by a network of infrastructural interventions at various scales that share an aesthetic language. These infrastructural markers serve as wayfinding tools and can include neighborhood related programs, amenities, safety alert apparatuses, lighting, educational displays and more.