Client: St James
Artist: Clare Woods & MAKE Architects, Damien Hirst, Ekkehard Altenburger, Richard Wilson RA
Partners: Charles Funke Associates, Chelsea College of Arts, Sheppard Robson, University of the Arts London Location: Pimlico, London
Services: Cultural Placemaking, Residential, Strategy
In 2004 Futurecity developed a forward thinking cultural strategy for St James’ Grosvenor Waterside development situated on the edge of Chelsea and Pimlico, which encompassed a series of embedded art & culture interventions and cultural partnership collaborations. Lead Artists fed into the design of landscape, architecture and infrastructure through a site wide commissioning programme. Claire Woods worked with Make architects on the vast aluminium facades of two large private and social residential housing blocks. Her designs drew on the historic boulevard of lime trees, which lined the historic Grosvenor Canal. Her drawings were used to design hand railings and pieces of driftwood provided handrails. Richard Wilson RA designed Shack Stack allotment shed structures that juxtaposes with the contemporary architecture. Ekkehard Altenburger worked on Thames Stone, a substantial water feature that extended the dock, and Damien Hirst was commissioned to develop the livery for the ‘Tate to Tate’ boat service.