The Assemble Vessel

James Ingram
Forming a new peninsula in London’s Hackney Wick, the Assemble Vessel is a community creator. The project aims to tackle London’s growing housing and community crisis through the creation of narrow boats for social residences. Constructed on raised platforms above the canal, the boat descends poetically through the building in various stages of construction. It is envisioned that the residents will assist with the making of their home and simultaneously learn the practical skills needed to maintain it in the process; apprenticeships will also be provided in a homage to the industrial heritage of Hackney Wick. The Vessel provides the supporting elements in order to allow the canal boat community and wider Hackney Wick to thrive. Including a village hall, communal kitchens, shower and laundry facilities. Through its activation of the canal, the project will become an ambassador for Britains waterways. The modular, pre-fabricated construction allowing it to be replicated nationwide, reviving neglected industrial communities and creating new ones in the process.