Perspective across the pool towards the City of London.

View from terraced seating through the sheltered Popupark landscape.

A public swimming pool would sit at the centre of the Popupark landscape.

View of how Popupark would look in situ.

Site plan after installation of Popupark.

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Don't be afraid to create something temporary

This city fringe site is the ideal location for a pop up park. The value of the site in this Shoreditch location is likely to preclude low-density use however desirable, but while it remains undeveloped a pop-up park would be a major attraction and might influence future proposals. 

The success of nearby Box Park – a pop-up shopping experience to the north of Shoreditch Station – shows how innovative ideas can succeed here. The proximity of the City and the thousands of workers who already crowd into the available pocket parks, reveals the need for the re-use of this open space. 

Popupark would provide a new and exciting destination for workers on their lunch break or after work, giving them the opportunity to run and swim, or simply sit and relax. It would be made completely out of scaffolding and reclaimed timber, and energy would be generated self-sufficiently.

The swimming pool would be heated by solar cells, while an orchard of trees, shrubs and wildflowers planted in containers would have an integrated watering system powered by solar cells and small wind turbines. 

There are a large number of similar sites in greater London for which this proposal could set a precedent. That’s the beauty of the pop-up park – it can pop up somewhere else.


Creating new parks



Submitted by

Weston Williamson


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