Is This The Future For Camden Market Fire Site?

By M@ Last edited 109 months ago
Is This The Future For Camden Market Fire Site?


Browsing through the skyscrapercity forums, we came across this vision for Camden Market from MAKE architects. The scheme would replace the fire-ravaged buildings still occupying the site of the 2008 conflagration.

The plans will be controversial. Anywhere else, this would be a fairly jolly example of glass and steel retail. But in the much-loved warren of Camden Markets anything other than bricks and catacombs is going to draw criticism. Camden Town is a victim of its own success. Such are the crowds who flock here that it makes good commercial sense to pack in as much retail as possible. A canal-side courtyard in this space would be a beautiful addition and add some much-needed breathing space, but market forces have to be assuaged.

There's some mystery as to the status of these designs. The plans do not yet appear on MAKE's website (we think - it's tricky to navigate and has no search facility) but can instead be found on GMJ's pages (which really takes the biscuit in poor navigation). So we're probably looking at what might be rather than what will be.

Last Updated 15 April 2009


Is malaria prevalent in Camden then?


That is hideous.


OMG I love it!

But then, I hate Camden, so probably shouldn't be making these decisions...

I hope it's a Toys'R'us and and H&M.

Jack Faulkner

they are systematically destroying my childhood. well the Astoria was a dump. But hells teeth,The new bit by spitalfields is bad but this is awful I thought sticking that Gilgamesh thing in there was crap.This makes me want to draft letters to the correspondence pages of the times.
"dear Editor imagine my dismay when" etc..

Amanda Farah

A glass-and-steel centre of commerce in theory isn't so horrible but that design is pretty ugly.


Camden's been a shadow of its former self for some time - the re-development of the main market and introduction of what's basically a Food Court was the final straw for me.


I'm normally quite tolerant, if not supportive, of contemporary incongruous architecture. But this just looks stupid.


Last time i left a comment on londonist it was maoning about rafael vinoly... now don't get me started on MAKE.

so many i'll conceived, shape making, irrelevant, inhuman and uncontextual buildings colours, graphics and building systems do not make great architecture. this is an embarrassment.

Quite why the whole site needs to be leveled to create one building is a mystery, why not leave it as the 300 different buildings it was before?


The greatest fantasy element of this whole scheme is the people in the artist's impression - where are the weekend punks, the dealers, the dayglo, the Emos? Grrrr. And look how clean the street is! Ha!


bland modern shite.
As if they haven't ruined enough of Camden already we now have this to 'look forward' to...
no no no no NO!


As a clarification, I've now heard that the image accompanying this post is from an early concept study, and not the design which will be built. The developer Camden Market Holdings are currently working on new plans in response to a development framework published by Camden Council.