St. Alphage is an island avoiding destruction, it’s a step into the past and a reminder of the current crisis. St. Alphage is a place that lost its purpose.
This project focuses on a stretch of land located in The City of London, one of the most sought after pieces of real estate in the country. Its potential is well exemplified: new office towers are appearing to the North, the new Moorgate station is being built to the East, renovation is taking place to the South while the Barbican Art Centre is directly connected via highwalks to the West – adverts for luxury apartments are everywhere.
Nonetheless St. Alphage lays dormant: abandoned offices, pubs and old shops are slowly decaying – nature is taking over again. Together with the surrounding area it was going to be demolished. JP Morgan offices were scheduled for construction, but due to the current economic climate the project was abandoned and what was supposed to be a temporary arrangement became everyday reality as the price of the land proves unaffordable for most companies.
In a place where everything means business, this emptiness epitomises the volatility of the financial world.
Devoid of Purpose