Old Street Garden

The roundabout above Old Street Underground as a destination and thoroughfare, rather than an obstacle.

There would be endless opportunities to programme this new public space.

Connecting the commuter space with the outside makes it easier for people to find their way as they exit the station.


  1. Sunil Modi 09 Apr 2015, 00:08

    An idea for Holland Park roundabout I once saw was to give it a 20+ ft hedge all the way around to make it a tranquil oasis with subway access ONLY - could do something similar here but retain a previous pop-up bar/beer garden in the summer!! Or build it into the NEW Waterloo Imax with a geodesic dome (think Eden Project)......

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Old Street Garden

Convert Old Street roundabout into a vibrant public space


Unlike the streets surrounding it – that bustle with young people working in the creative industries and those visiting the trendy bars and restaurants of Shoreditch – the central traffic roundabout above Old Street Underground station is isolated and disconnected from the action by a series of subway tunnels and five lanes of vehicular traffic.

So why not rethink the space? By subtly changing the traffic layout and re-engaging the underground realm with the ground floor external space, this proposal aims to convert what is currently a large obstacle to pedestrian movement into a destination.

Simply by removing the roof to the underground concourse would connect the dark commuter space below with the outside world, making it easier for people to orientate themselves on exiting the station. A variety of spaces can then be created for meeting, having lunch, grabbing a coffee, watching a movie outside or just watching the city go by.





Old Street

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