ALLOTMENTS OF INDIGENOUS PRODUCE
Located in the heart of Elephant and Castle and amongst the vast Latin American community that reside there, the public allotments pay homage to one of the most important parts of the Latin American History and culture; the Indigenous People.
Tightly concentrated beneath and around the arches of Elephant and Castle, the Latin American community remains dominant in numbers, but yet slightly lightweight in physical presence. The scheme aims to not only encourage integration of wider social and demographic communities, but to provide the public with the means to grow native Latin American produce in the same environments and with the same processes that the Indigenous Indians used, hence celebrating the existence and the influences that they have had on the wider Latin American population.
Through exploring traditional dishes cooked by the Indigenous People, four key ingredients were chosen that are native to South America; Plantain, Maize, Cassava and Andean Potato. These plants, not able to survive in the UK’s natural yearly climate, require specific growing conditions and environments.
The scheme proposes a series of structures around Elephant and Castle for the cultivation of these ingredients, where the architecture itself is driven by the act of optimising all natural resources in order to grow these exotic flora. Interwoven spaces with varied exposure to light and air reveal the growth and production of food in a dense urban setting. Dynamic and useful buildings are used to celebrate a minority group in the heart of London’s Latin American Community.
Allotments of Indigenous Produce Plans
* All work is hand drawn with exception to the BW collage. Models are all Cut by hand.