©2019 by UNIT 17, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Sam Tan

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In challenging the decontextualized, closed, and abstracted nature of the London Underground, the Euston Ravine reaches to the lowest tube platforms, reconnecting Euston’s transport subterranea back to the city. It provides an alternative commute down that emphasises the deep physical earth the Tube is rooted in through a language of material and programmatic stratification.

The ravine attempts to elevate transport spaces to be more than utilitarian ‘in between’ corridors, whilst still capturing the unique essence of the transient condition of travel and the heurism it has the potential to incur. The architecture frames different cycles of movement and temporalities, conflating the daily commuter journey with larger arcs of movement in nature; the movement of the River Fleet stream below, and the seasonal cycles of the gardens opposite.