Hackney Wick Station, East London.
An Art Architecture Collaboration with Adam Brown of Landolt + Brown Architects
(above) Artist’s study for Molecular Glass Wall Installation lighting 2014-16. 1:10 Model/ Maquette of Hackney Wick Station Underpass by Model Maker Ben Davidson and the Artist, 2014.
Hackney Wick Station opened in May 2018 but will not fully complete until late 2019. The north entrance and the public side of the underpass tunnel will be shut during this period but the underpass space is under consideration for events, performances and photo shoots for the creative industries. The lighting will not be fully operational or optimally balanced for a further few months.
(above) The southern board shuttered, cast concrete staircase, conceived to be a highly sculptural object, as much sculpture as staircase. The suspended fins wrap around it forming a canopied space inspired by the Lee Navigation’s canal and riverside weeping willows. The concrete’s board shuttered texture was achieved by the use of raw, saw cut Douglas fir planks used for the formwork. The formwork marking echoes the highly textured bark of the weeping willow and forms a continuous ascent from ground level to platform level as it would with the tree itself.
Night view from the public side of the underpass (as yet to be opened with lighting adjusted for shadow projection).
Night View from the public underpass (as yet to be opened with lighting adjusted for shadow projection).
Day view from the public side of the underpass (as yet to be opened with lighting unadjusted)
(above) At certain times of the year when the sun is low enough in the sky, sunlight will refract through the plate glass hexagons and cast rainbow bands of light across the floor next to the south entrance. These colours echo Meldola Blue, invented in Hackney Wick, and Primuline Yellow, both important colour markers in the dye industry, as well as translucent amber coloured shellac, all produced in the Wick.
September 30th 11.45am 2018
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