This project aims to bridge the gap between the lack of
organ donors in the UK and the declining London meat
market of Smithfield and traditional British offal dishes.
The methodology to do this creates a mixed used space, that
advances in the research of stem cells and combines a meat
restaurant and indoor market. The building is run on a pneumatic
tube system that replicates the veins of the body and pumps around
capsules containing all food and lab specimens to the desired
location; mixing animal and human stock, and mimicking blood
pumping around the body in the process.
The building questions why people are so quick to take an organ
but so reluctant to give one, the project evolved through a series
of investigations- into local context of other historical sites in the
area that greatly influence the whole project. Examples being
The Church of St Bartholomew the Great, The Huntarian
Museum, The Barbican, The Royal College of
Surgeons and of course Smithfield meat market.
What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of? All aspects of the building represent the body from the labs (the heart) to the pneumatic tube system that pumps blood around the building.