COMMUNITY APIARY AT ROBIN HOOD GARDENS & PERFORMING CIVIC ARTS THEATRE (PACT)
by Sumaita Zaman
A 'pleasure garden' in Poplar dedicated to a local beekeeper, in which the human and bee habitats coexist in a symbiotic relationship, one protecting and nurturing the other. The proposal includes a vibrant landscape with meadows and wildflowers that are optimal for honey production and harvesting. This community apiary provides opportunities for meandering into floral landscapes, while hosting annual tea parties for the community to embrace the nature and learn about beekeeping and its significance. Located in Osborn Street Performing Civic Arts Theatre is a multipurpose venue that accommodates a group of contemporary dancers known as Art Is in Motion, as well as the local and wider community in social activities. Celebrating Whitechapel’s heritage and cultural individuality the theatre creates a permeable and adaptable architecture that embraces experimental performance, and civic spaces with public interactive zones. The site develops into a creative hub, a place where users can live, work, and be entertained through plays and public gatherings that encourage the Whitechapel community to join together and feel a part of this theatrical environment.