How can cars and leisure co-exist? As a city in which cars alone account for 11% of CO2 emissions, London aspires to become the electric vehicle capital of Europe. With EV numbers projected to increase over 600%, e-PARK explores the design of hybrid infrastructures that will generate energy, act as charge-point in central London, and bypass the electricity grid operating at capacity.
The technologically redundant Post-Office tower is transformed into a vertical, energy-generating park for electric vehicles and people, operating in a future age of peer-to-peer energy transfer. The programme, which utilises weather data to inform energy production using concentrated solar power technology, speculates what role the EV car park will have as urban public space as well as the role of installing renewable energy technologies on existing buildings in an architecturally integrated way.
Winner of the RIBA WLAS Medal 2013.