Project title: Where The Wild Things Are.
Where The Wild Things Are imagines a new safari park, wilderness and leisure strip as essential social infrastructure linking Deptford in South-East London to Canary Wharf in Docklands. The strip is a conduit through the metropolis – a filter through which you travel to see the realities of the city in a new light. It juxtaposes the sublime and the ridiculous, until nothing seems more absurd than the goings on around it.
Along with the continuous pedestrian boardwalk, the project proposes much needed infrastructural development including the African Savannah Safari Road Bridge over the River Thames (linking the A200 in the south with the A1206 in the north). The project forms a line of flight that weaves through the city, minimising the demolition of the existing urban fabric and capitalising exuberantly in its voids – for instance using the space between the towers of Canary Wharf, constructing a vertical jungle and the House of the Great Apes.
Cutting through some of the most opulent and deprived parts of London, this surreal new territory is one that stirs our primal instincts, subverting hierarchies of man and beast - a synthetic natural oasis slicing through the city where the strangest thing is the quotidianoutside world.