Tottenham Green Room

A public room for Tottenham, celebrating local groups and bringing their activities out into the open for all to see.

The Tottenham Green Room was designed and built over an intensive two week period in August 2014 by a pioneering and collaborative team of Architects, volunteers, locals and artists, led by Mark Smith from MARK ALU. Make-Room and partners then hosted a series of events at the Green Room including a communal picnic, letter writing, knitting sessions, a circus skills workshop by Jackson’s Lane and a walk to take in the High Road and the Lee Valley. Have a look at our blog for more on what we got up to.

Photos © Rachael Marshall


Activities at the Green Room
A picnic with the Tottenham Art Group

One of many knitting workshops run by community knitter Rachel Taylor.

Performance workshops at the Green Fair, run by local Artist Jennie Pedley and colleagues.

Evening party with Walthamstow based DJ Tony Tunes.

Regular performances by local signer songwriter Justin Sicile and the Giving Style.

Local musician player Leon Maddy played some amazing harmonica!


Designing and building the Green Room

Film by Matthew Hopkins, one of the Green Room designer/makers.

Designs for the Green Room were invited in an open competition which was judged by a panel of local sponsors, artists and designers. The scheme selected was by Aaron English and Edward Robertson who studied in the same year on the Undergraduate Architecture course at the Manchester School of Architecture, graduating in 2012. Their design is a drum shaped (hexadecagon) timber pavilion. Edward says that:

“The Green Room is designed to be a whimsical and inviting addition to the newly landscaped Tottenham Green. As a temporary summer structure, built to a strict budget and time frame, it was crucial to keep the design simple fun and flexible. The outcome is an elegant timber framed structure sitting upon an elevated deck from which to enjoy yourself and view the green.”

Elements from other entries were chosen as references to be worked into the final design which is being built collaboratively over two weeks in August, enabling others to come and watch and join in.
Model of the scheme by Mark ALU, concept design by Aaron English and Edward Robertson

Concept sketch by Aaron English and Edward Robertson