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THE REUNION

January 18, 2013

4 years after the Southwark Lido in London, EXYZT has re occupied the 100 Union Street with The reUnion Public House.

In the spirit of the 1830 Beer Act in which anyone could apply for a licence and open up their front room to the public, to sell – and even brew – beer from their own home.  The reUNION, was an illustration of what could be a Public House beyond the idea of a pub’.

With the essential support of LAKE ESTATE, who lent us the land and granted the project to be kick out of the ground. EXYZT gathered again this year a broad range of people to deliver a self produced and self managed collective act of architecture and a place open to everyone in the heart of Southwark.

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Inspired by the playful aspects in the history of the public houses, the reunion was an outdoor place where families could meet as neighbours, where kids would enjoy a simple paddling pool or hang out in that playful space.

EXYZT and friends have lived on site as hosts and to make sure this public house is hospitable and open for all.

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In the heart of southwark where most of the built is occupied by office activities, where the pressure of redevelopment is at his hectic one of its developer has supported to let a more human vision being experimented. With Lake estate, we manage the destiny of a piece of the city to be driven with the sense of place rather than space. Since the Southwark Lido in 2008, the land has catalysed a network of people around a piece of land and helped to create a vision for a long term development with Lake estate.

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The reUNION is an hand crafted architecture where the craftsman is highly associated in the final aspect of each built elements. A dialogue between an overall design framework and each of its components are discussed, and are primary considerate through their time and cost effective aspects. Aesthetic aspects are rather discussed against the scenario of the project or any good trick or private joke that would arise among the group.

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London, or maybe should i say england, should be known for its site hoarding design culture. I have been noticing while living in here, that a specific style of painted wooden hoarding are properly made. Their pattern, often stripes, are highly recognisable and use one main colour. I am talking about the common, basic spec hoarding because unfortunately, the high spec hoarding seems to go for glossy print.

The 100 Union street has been vacant for some years now because its owner has identified some potentials and worked out some ideas. It is all about finding the right idea in the right moment, but that could happen later on … Meanwhile, how not to have a vacant and dormant site ? The idea of hosting some temporary use throughout 4 years as help to clearly identify other potentials, probably better connected with the specificity of the site and its location.

Unlike the southwark lido made 4 years earlier which took advantage of the enclosed land, we decided to merge the land with its surrounding public spaces by creating a site hoarding where each element is a draw bridge allowing to be more permeable to the street.

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