NLA's We Love Store Street pocket park has popped up in Store Street's South Crescent as part of LFA2010.
Designed by Moxon Architects and incorporating temporary structures by local engineers Price & Myers and Ramboll as well as temporary planting from Pocket Habitat, the park has been configured to cater for a range of overlapping activities, from open-air theatre to simply having a space to sit, relax and interact. The installation also tells the story of Store Street with an outdoor exhibition drawing on the history of the Street and the ambition its various stakeholders have for it.
Events have been taking place every day, and will continue throughout the week, including weekday tai chi each morning and afternoon, lunchtime 'soapbox' talks and open-air Shakespeare by RADA this Saturday, with performances of Othello, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Bring a picnic each weekday lunchtime to hear Love Your Street 'soapbox talks' or why not have five minutes on the soapbox and have your say about London's public realm. Confirmed speakers include Eugene Dreyer from Terry Farrell & Partners and Sarah Gaventa from CABE Space.
We Love Store Street has been designed though collaboration and experiment and it is hoped that the same spirit will continue to influence how the Crescent is used in the longer term. NLA's ambition is to see parking permanently removed to create a public space that could be used by shoppers, workers and residents in the locality as well as for temporary outdoor exhibitions, talks and events, whilst still allowing for deliveries and access to the buildings on the Crescent itself.
NLA's pocket park is open from 26 June to 3 July.