Group of graduates announced as a winning design team for London Festival of Architecture’s “Pews and Perches” design competition
Five recent graduates, Dima Al-Bayati, Maria Christodoulou, Pak Yin Lee, Margo Sulek and Yara Taha, formed The North-Bound Collective. They came together to help create a design for the competition that met the goals of material reuse, taking inspiration from the waterside location and involving local communities.
The team created a bench set from reclaimed bricks and, inspired by the waterfront, they’ve repurposed end-of-life paddle boards for the seating. They’ve also designed the benches to allow wheelchair users to sit comfortably alongside people using the benches.
We sought for a creative solution while playfully traversing the boundaries between our respective fields. In line with Circular Economy principles, we proposed the re-use of paddleboards found on-site. We aim to bring the community together through participatory design activities; ultimately increasing their sense of ownership of the waterfront
The North-Bound Collective
As part of the winning teams The North-Bound Collective will create and install the bench set at the Royal Docks in 2024.