Marine Engine House visitor centre
Client: Thames Water / Waltham Forest Council
For the first time since the construction of the reservoirs 150 years ago, members of the public are now able to visit Walthamstow Wetlands following a 10-year, £10.6 million HLF project to provide access to this 211-hectare wildlife haven in the heart of London.
The exhibition we created in the listed Marine Engine House acts as the springboard from which visitors explore the wider site, enjoying and learning about the Wetlands distinctive built and natural heritage.
The centrepiece of the interpretation is a spectacular "Water & Life" hanging sculpture we designed together with local groups and schools. It comprises 150 glass vessels containing artworks inspired by the surrounding nature, reflecting colour and light down through the building. AV installations bring the former industrial building to life and highlight the myriad wildlife species and their habitats, while the graphics we integrated into the buildings' fabric and the surrounding landscape encourage people to head outside and explore.
Funding bid support – HLF 2
Graphic design with Polimekanos
Software design concept & creative direction