Soft Monument is an open and public platform, but one that conveys the qualities of a domestic space – intimacy, comfort, and seclusion. On approach the installation appears to be another solid monument in the series that line the River Thames, but on closer inspection it reveals a concealed interior, with a fabric lining that is soft to the touch and an inhabitable platform carved out from its external mass. These nooks recreate domestic moments – a threshold through which to pass, a seat on which to recline, and a cropped window that frames views across the Thames. As our collective positioning within public space continues to be challenged by the pandemic, Soft Monument stakes its claim by enriching one of London’s central civic spaces with a domestic softness.
Soft Monument is shortlisted for the London Festival of Architecture's Empowering Platforms competition, for Westminster City Council.