Revitalising Forgotten Aspects of Coventry’s unique, diverse industrial and cultural past
The project centres on revitalising forgotten aspects of Coventry’s unique, diverse industrial and cultural past in a new, exciting and innovative way involving creating sculptural structures on former gatehouse sites.
The destruction of the twelve medieval gatehouses, marking the perimeter of Coventry for centuries, epitomises the city’s disconnect with its past. On these twelve sites, symbolic structures (renamed ‘watchtowers’ to emphasise observation) are rebuilt to commemorate.
The architectural language of each watchtower is inspired by their individual theme and compelling narrative. The relationship between the structures is important; a sandstone path referencing the medieval wall guides pedestrians and connects the watchtowers, which engage visitors with their evocative stories. Architecture is the catalyst, facilitating plus encouraging interaction: with each other, and with the past. The watchtowers re-instate a sense of collective identity to Coventry and celebrate the city’s rich history.