Project description: Growing population, higher precipitation and man-made surfaces in the capital have led to overflows of combined sewage spilling out of the outdated Victorian sewer system. Thames Water have introduced a £3bn scheme (costing customers an extra £40 per year) to build a 34-mile tideway tunnel intercepting key Combined Sewage Outlets (CSOs).
The fourteen CSOs that aren’t intercepted would still be releasing combined sewage into the Thames. These vertical structures weave together a number of chemical processes which treat the sewage with public areas (primarily in the form of platforms) and attractions such as an aquarium to house short-nosed seahorses found in the Thames Estuary.
The proposal addresses existing water problems in Lanzarote and the gluttonous nature of the British tourist. A bowling green complex caters for the another group of British ‘tourists’ that the Canarians rarely see, the elderly ex-pats who spend their retirement in the hot climates but occasionally miss Britain and get tired of the rocks.
A series of undulating grass landscapes surround this epicentre, creating a rolling hill oasis amongst volcanic rock. The collection of water is rigorous as is the collection of nutrients from the volcanic rock in the site to sustain growth. The building acts as a water capacitor within the cliff, with external framework seemingly abandoned in the landscape as it waits 11 months for the tournament.
The bowlers interact directly with the scheme, where if water is wasted the grass withers, prematurely ending the tournament and transforming the landscape back into its dry, redundant state.