256_Stanley Tan: Market Monument

Stanley Tan Hanjie

I am from Singapore and recently graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a Masters of Art in Architecture. I did my Architecture undergraduate program at University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture. I have previously worked for several Architectural practices and lived in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Market Monument

The proposal intends to be a concentrated city intensifying the uses of the traditional city whilst becoming an alternative infrastructure to the ground conditions created by many contemporary developments.

It proposes an alternative way of living in the city via introducing a new sheltered street market ground condition and establishing an elevated activated horizontal datum of pleasure, culture, creative work and living which closely relates to the London urban fabric.

With globalization and commoditized architecture, the city has adopted a generic international financial monoculture which removes / replaces authentic city life and no longer acts as an accurate social barometer of the city – it works against the grain of everyday life and the logics of an all encompassing city.

The city as an idea means multiplicities, diversity in food, music and arts, culture and local economies. In particular the lively street market food cultures which celebrate the diversity of the city’s peoples and provide chance encounters and meetings. New developments do not need to only mean extracting maximum financial opportunity from a site (i.e. towers of generic individualism with hyper-controlled ground conditions).

The juxtaposition of its form and shapes, are abstracted dimensions extracted from London’s streetscapes and historical monuments within the city, giving rise to a new identifiable figure and monumentality which aspires to become a self-referring silhouette.[1]

The proposal is a hypothesis on the idea of a city of the future whereby working and living is in the same place and as a result there will be greater need for informal personal contact. The living and working functions are complemented with a wide range of spaces for leisure, culture, sport and education, all stacked one upon the other, connecting different spheres of life.

For this reason, the project is conceived of as a large building that contains the energy of a city and stands as a solitary element: a social condenser on the edge of Edgware Road; a new market for North London.

[1] The “Compact City” of Atlanpole, Nantes by Hans Kollhoff (1988)