The Eye of the Needle, a route through the City of London's Culture Mile

24 10 2017

Pilbrow & Partners together with Space Syntax proposed ‘The Eye of the Needle’, a new pedestrian route through the 'Culture Mile'. The ideas were shortlisted in a competition to transform the City of London’s north-west corner into a new arts district.

Twelve slender steel masts mark the route, like needles in a map. Distinctive in form – tapering triangular polished obelisks that sparkle in the day and glow softly at night – the masts would be eye-catching landmarks in their own right, as well helping to highlight hidden gems, interesting architecture, historical sites and cultural activities within Culture Mile. Going through one of the City’s richest historical, cultural and social districts, the route is an opportunity to increase accessibility of the public areas of the Barbican and interconnects three public spaces: The Barbican Piazza, St Giles Cripplegate, and the green space surrounding the Roman Walls and the Worshipful Company of Barbers.

The City of London Corporation together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London, has just launched Culture Mile: a new district in the north-west corner of the City where creativity is fast becoming the most valuable currency.