Institution ········· Central St Martins
Published ······ 2017
Location ······· London

Fairfield Hall: Transient Threshholds

Fairfield Halls’ recent cultural offer prior to closing for redevelopment was the theatre, concert hall and gallery. Although the venue has been a mainly used for professional music, plays, musicals, stand-up comedy and classical music, a significant proportion of Fairfield’s programmes has also been for community events.

This project aimed to repurpose the programmes by implementing a transient programme of design.  

Croydon is a landscape full of physical and social barriers. These social barriers have stemmed from segregated communities, which are reinforced by the physical barriers. The car-centric landscape makes it hard for people to travel on foot, and the unwelcoming underpasses demote people’s interest for exploration.

Once a town rich in culture, Croydon is now a fighting ground between developers and locals. Gentrification may be the death of the city we all knew, and the start of another soulless, money-driven urban clone.


The opening of the Fairfield Halls in 1962 brought with it a boom in music venues and fundamental music genres, like punk and dubstep, to the British music scene.

These internationally lauded genres and artists grew creatively, and exponentially, from self contained, music-specific environments like The Greyhound and Fairfield Halls. 

However, there are now far less independent venues and more branded chains, making it difficult for the current youth to find a place where they can express themselves. 

Through first hand research we discovered a real lack of facilities for the networks of students with similar interests.
Our aim was to promote an organic growth of different subcultures by providing a place where the youth can self-organise and initiate their interests independently. This is in the form of a multifunctional structure that will change depending on the intention of the user.