LEX, Walsall, UK, Mixed use development
Client: Urban Splash
Featherstone Young in collaboration with FLACQ were finalists in this £30m design competition on a 2.3 acre site adjacent to Walsall art gallery. Apartments, offices and artists’ studios form part of a folding landscape, a ‘Green Carpet’ that provide public spaces opening on to the canal. A new ‘cultural trail’ knits together Walsall’s industrial past with its emerging cultural identity and links to the art gallery and town centre. Public space is taken in to the residential buildings via ‘Vertical Ginnels’ a re-interpretation of the northern ginnel which is a semi private pathway at the rear of houses where you can bump into your neighbour.