This work is focused on particular reed plant that grows in brackish water. The plant came to symbolise the site at Portobello dock being adjacent to the Grand Union canal a link from the inland freshwaters to the sea beyond. By drawing the plant in a water tank the focus is on its suspended curving forms and the elaborate tangle as the reed reached the surface of the water. This gives an uplifting and anti-gravity to the lines as they flow across the open expanses of wall space.
“We have collaborated with Hugo on several projects, and collaboration is the key word. Hugo understands the brief and the intellectual path that we have trodden to resolve the architectural issues. He follows the same trail and produces work that is unique and beautiful, work that is part of the finished building, which enhances the spaces we create.”
Mike Stiff, Director Stiff+Trevillion Architects