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Squaring the corners

Nimtim have designed a set of three new public squares that will transform some of the neglected ‘corner plots’ on the Becontree Estate, into places for people to meet, rest, grow and play.

These groups of corner plots have strong geometrical presence: one is square in shape, one round, and one triangular. The public squares will be the first of their kind on the Becontree Estate, creating a space that is in-part wild, intimate and social.

Residents are invited to enter them and to take ownership of them. The designs borrow from the existing geometries, colours and materials within the estate.


Nimtim have collaborated with artist Katie Schwab, whose work on crafted interiors and textiles on the estate will inform nimtim’s locally-sourced material palette and the domestic, welcoming scale of these new spaces.

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