Nine Elms Gateways

Public Realm
London Borough of Wandsworth
Nine Elms, London
In Progress

Competition winning scheme for landmark gateways designed in collaboration with the local community to create a bold new identity for Nine Elms.

Project details

This co-design project will bring the diverse and growing local community together to create a bold new identity for Nine Elms. Our colourful proposals will celebrate the area’s rich history, empower residents and visitors to explore the area on foot or by bike, and invite them to contribute directly to an exciting local landmark that celebrates the area today.

With a nod to Nine Elms’ railway heritage, we’re reimagining traditional railway station ‘daggerboards’ to create a new design language - working with school children, to design daggerboards for the structures. Using simple paper-cutting techniques – in both facilitated workshops and by following online instructions – participants have created their own beautiful repeat patterns which will be applied to the intricately cut façades.

We’ve created a flexible kit of parts to create a visual connection from Ponton Road to the new tube station. Additional elements can be added or relocated as required, or as the local context changes.

+ A dramatic funnel archway highlighting the tunnel’s southern entrance. Integrated seating and lighting will make the arch feel safe for everyone.

+ Directional daggerboard fencing to the north pointing pedestrians to the tunnel entrance

+ A ‘community totem’, which glows at night

Workshop videography and photography by Mediamixer
Nine Elms underpass totem structure
girl looking at daggerboard shapes cut from paper
Nine Elms Archways - Totem Structure
Nine Elms underpass gateway structure
Nine Elms Archways - Archway Structure
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