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The Glasshouse lantern will provide an internal growing space that will illuminate at night for a community garden in Kings Cross.
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What the final Skip Garden will look like by Yang Yang Lui
What the final Skip Garden will look like by Yang Yang Lui
Meal time at the existing Skip Garden
Meal time at the existing Skip Garden

My name is Rachael Taylor and I am a 2nd year student at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Along with my fellow classmates we have been assigned a unique and challenging task. To design and rebuild the King’s Cross Community allotment also known as the Skip Garden.

The Skip Garden, run by charity Global Generation, holds weekly twilight gardening sessions where you get from construction workers to children, bankers to NHS staff and everyone in-between volunteering to help with the integral maintenance of the garden. As the nights draw in going into the winter, the sessions are still popular but it becomes to dark to hold them. At this point the Glass House will illuminate, lighting the surrounding areas and the gardening space within giving it a lantern appearance. It will support this event that ties the community together.

The Glass House Lantern is a structure with recycling at the heart of its design. The external facade is made from reclaimed sash windows, which have been donated from individuals London wide and some as far as my hometown in Wales and the internal structure is made from reclaimed scaffold board. The history these materials have fits well with the educational remit of the garden.

Twilight Gardening
Twilight Gardening
The Glass House Lantern showing the balcony.
The Glass House Lantern showing the balcony.
Laying the floor plate.
Laying the floor plate.
Working on the internal structure
Working on the internal structure
Windows waiting to go onto the building
Windows waiting to go onto the building
The building as it stands currently
The building as it stands currently
View of the bathing pond.
View of the bathing pond.

Risks and challenges

The garden is set to open in time for its busy summer season which is fast approaching. The project also needs to meet the wider educational program and be complete for the deadline at the end of May. Building this project in this short time scale requires manpower and volunteers have been organised.
Planning permission was granted back in January. and Nathan Gilling and Eva MacNamara from Expedition Engineering have kindly volunteered to engineer my project. As we are building on a building site, the risks and safety involved have to be considered. These are mitigated by a risk assessment put forward through UCL, and a project manager on site.

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    Leave your permanent mark on the structure by having either your name, or a short message printed onto one of the windows.

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    You will get a delicious afternoon tea party for 4 on the balcony of the Glass House Lantern where you will be able to see views over the transforming Kings Cross area, and notably the new local natural bathing pond. Along with this you will be able to leave your permanent mark on the structure by having either your name, or a short message printed onto one of the windows.

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