Larisa Bulibasa Reimagines London’s Financial District As A Disorientating Labyrinth

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Graduate shows 2015: Larisa Bulibasa has developed a vision for the City of London in which a complicated network of alleyways, dead ends and enclosed spaces evoke the bewildering fiscal practices conducted within.

Larisa Bulibasa City of London Bartlett This picture: Monetary Library. Major picture: the Labyrinth of the Square Mile, St Paul’s Invasion

Bulibasa produced the project in the course of her research on the MArch course at the Bartlett College of Architecture. Her aim was to use the notion of a labyrinth “as a means to observe the rather peculiar behaviours of distinct factions of society within the fiscal method”.

Larisa Bulibasa City of London Bartlett Economic Library

Rather than communicating ideas about the City’s architectural layout and evolution making use of standard mapping strategies, Bulibasa sought a suitable metaphor to express its spatial complexity and the murky financial forces that informed its existing arrangement.

Larisa Bulibasa City of London BartlettThe Labyrinth of the Square Mile, Gherkin Invasion

“The project commenced with a want to investigate the hypothesis that there is a labyrinthine notion underlying the Square Mile’s development and growth,” she informed Dezeen.


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“Further into the project, the labyrinth motif grew to become a model of believed to examine existing urban style problems and the opportunity for a new architectural style.”

Larisa Bulibasa City of London BartlettThe main campus of the Fiscal Library on the website of Adjust Alley

Bulibasa’s speculative masterplan for the City’s future development envisages the entire region as a “financial library” that would be symbolised by a principal campus containing a dense network of archives, rooms, stairs and balconies.

The campus would be located at Modify Alley – also identified as Exchange Alley – as a monument to the spot of the initial main monetary crash of Britain’s capitalist era. The alley was a centre for economic trading when the South Sea bubble, developed by a shipping monopoly, burst in 1720.

Larisa Bulibasa City of London Bartlett Spatial experience of the City of London in the course of a potential monetary crisis. The black balloons would be released as a symbol of the City employees reading through books

New structures extra gradually to the district over a period of many years would accentuate the sense of confusion and disorientation currently skilled by monetary workers in its several narrow passages and dead-end streets.

Larisa Bulibasa City of London Bartlett Economists and Quants Creating entrance

“The labyrinthine architectural language the project explores is fragile, collaged, fragmented and aims for spatial complexity, exactly where the inhabitants’ sensations and feelings are enhanced,” she explained.

Larisa Bulibasa City of London Bartlett Bankers creating entrance

“It is a translation not only of the physical traits of the City’s urban material, but also of the usually conflicting state of affairs apparent in the monetary marketplace, inducing narratives by means of the architecture that only City workers would completely understand and value.”

Larisa Bulibasa City of London Bartlett Library archive

Recognised landmarks are given new meanings and functions inside the altering context of the City, with St Paul’s Cathedral, for example, providing “evidence that divinity does not rule over the elusive practice of finance,” whilst Guildhall is “characterised as a ‘curiosity piece’ that governs the complete district.”

Larisa Bulibasa City of London Bartlett Library guide column

The Monetary Library campus would include specifics corresponding to present places in the City, like a balcony meant to recall the roof terrace of the James Stirling-developed No 1 Poultry, which is notorious as a website where many City workers have committed suicide.

Larisa Bulibasa City of London Bartlett Library protective envelope

“In the context of the Library, the balcony functions as a momentary pause, a room to gather one’s ideas and from the place the inhabitants would have a captivating see above the labyrinthine organisation of the Library,” Bulibasa added.

Larisa Bulibasa City of London Bartlett Library balcony, referencing the No one Poultry, in which a number of workers within the economic program have committed suicide

The proposals are intended to be interpreted either as a satirical narrative on the chaotic nature of monetary trading, or an attempt to encapsulate the encounter of the City’s workers in a three-dimensional kind.

Larisa Bulibasa City of London Bartlett Library staircase

Bulibasa studied with the Bartlett’s Unit 12, which is led by tutors Jonathan Hill, Elizabeth Dow and Matthew Butcher, and which this yr centered on monuments and ruins inside of the city. Another Unit twelve project from this 12 months featured architecture for atheists.

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