Cambridge Room On Wheels

Program: Civic and Public Art
Location: Cambridge, UK
Area: 20 m2

Status: Competition Entry (2nd Place), 2023
Client: The Cambridge Association of Architects in partnership with the University of Cambridge, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridge District Council

Cambridge Room On Wheels is a travelling public space that caters to Cambridge’s unique urban conditions and highly transient population.
Our proposal draws inspiration from the long history of mobile architecture in public space and in particular from the much-loved ice-cream trucks and food stalls at the Cambridge market. Mounted on a standard sized trailer, Cambridge Room On Wheels is an exciting civic platform facilitating the sharing of knowledge especially among under represented stakeholders. It can remain stationery in a fixed location or can be rapidly deployed across the many urban and rural locations within the greater Cambridge area. Liberated from the bounds of conventional real estate storefronts, Cambridge Room On Wheels circumvents the oftentimes prohibitively high upfront and operational costs associated to many of our urban civic spaces. Four pivot doors strategically open to provide access into the space and to create an array of adjacent social spaces. Organized in an open floor plan, the space displays information in a straightforward manner on walls, pin-up spaces, shelves and a communal table supporting the development of ethical best practices in planning consultation. As part of the UK Urban Rooms Network, Cambridge Room On Wheels is an inclusive space for everyone and can travel to wherever it is needed most.  

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