Waterloo Square Lecture
Waterloo City Square
In January 2009, DSDHA won first prize in a international competition to redesign the public realm around the nationally-significant area of Waterloo Station which leads down to the Southbank cultural quarter. Our proposal will create an identifiable entrance to the area for local residents, tourists and commuters and a new fully-accessible route to replace the existing labyrinth of subterranean routes. There will be a continuous line of cultural and commercial activity from The Cut, through Waterloo Circus to the Thames at National Theatre Square.
The IMAX is given a new street level entrance and visible connections are carved through the site to give presence and identity to each of the buildings addressing Waterloo Circus. Existing streetscapes have been decluttered, with new crossings and a unified surface creating unhindered safe access to all transport modes and destinations from the river to the Old Vic Theatre.