The Skip Garden-an urban garden and community space in King's Cross-opened in June as part of the London Architecture Festival. The garden comprises seven new structures curated by educational charity Global Generation, in collaboration with The Bartlett School of Architecture, made with 90 percent reclaimed materials. The Glass House, Earthbag Coolstore and Office, Greywater Dining Scape, Chicken Coop, Hydroponic Hedge, and 100 Hands Hall were designed by the students, led by Julia King and Jan Kattein who run The Bartlett’s BSc Architecture design unit, UG3.
The Skip Garden is located in the heart of the King’s Cross redevelopment– an area of 67 acres of homes, offices, schools, restaurants and shops over 8 million square feet of development in central London. The garden was conceived to be movable, so it can be easily transported throughout the site. The students of The Bartlett School of Architecture collaborated with Global Generation- a youth education charity that operates a moveable vegetable garden– and used sustainable construction techniques and reclaimed materials to create an environmentally-friendly growing space.
The space includes different areas that can be used by the public, such as the Skip Garden Kitchen, a dining area and several growing spaces that function as part of London’s first large-scale reed bed water filtration scape. The students used reclaimed materials to build the structures, with a budget of around $775 for each.