London’s architecture fest is the biggest in the whole of Europe and waited for eagerly. There are numerous installations, exhibitions and talks you can attend to satisfy your craze for all things architecture related. ‘Identity’ has been decreed to be the theme this year. From the 1st of June to the 30th, you can view any of the 400 events, from films, walks, talks, open studios, to gain an understanding of contemporary architecture. The London festival of architecture brings forth the best works from leading architecture firms globally. Here’s a selection of events at the fest which you should definitely attend:
10 best London festival of architecture events to attend
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The architecture firm Fourthspace has recreated a fascinating piece of historical Venetian architecture, called Ombra Altana. It successfully depicts the architecture of 15th century Venice, with a raised terrace restaurant and bar, dressed up with faux flowers. The London Festival has many such examples of world architecture inspired buildings, which are both beautiful and functional.
Where and when: 1 Vyner Street E2. Will be open for the month of June.
Rationalism on Set: Glamour and Modernity in 1930s Italian Cinema
This event shows how the Modernist movement found expression in the cinema of its time. The Modern Italian art (Estorick Collection) exhibition looks into how Italian Cinema sets were influenced by Rationalism’s clean lines and sharp geometry. It is a fascinating example of how this global architecture festival examines the close relation between architectural concepts and their adaptation in reality.
Where and when: 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN, 1-24 June
Great Architectural Bake Off
You’d find most of the top architecture firms in the world in the London festival of architecture. But it’s not all work, work, work. Engineers and architects let down their hair and participate in creating unique cakes in this event. Known as GABO, it was a huge success last year, as hundreds of people watched the fun.
Where and when: Guildhall Yard, EC2, June 16, 12 – 4 pm.
Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future
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In 2018 modern interior design has been influenced by brilliant architects, such as the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Fujimoto is recognized for his diaphanous, stacked designs and at this event will be discussing his design philosophy. His designs are relevant today as his buildings connect to nature, and promote the connection between concrete structures and living nature. His talk will focus on his philosophy, completed projects and his ideas for the future. You can view the exhibition of his works too.
Where and when: 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG, 6:30 pm, 12 June.
Neil Davies Architects’ pop up pavilion
London festival of architecture is one in which you can see the best of designs, which are quite one of a kind. Like the pavilion designed by Neil Davies Architects, which is inspired by containers, and will be decorated with fabrics which are inspired by the wares found in the shops. There would be music performances too to keep the installation interesting and vibrant.
Where and when: Old Laundry Yard, 14 Market Lane, off Goldhawk Road, London W12 8EZ, 1 June – July 31
Gelato e Architecture
The top architecture firms in the world make their presence felt in the London festival of architecture. It’s the best place to mingle with the most talented architects in the world, and make new and lasting connections. Even an afternoon’s casual discussion with brilliant people can change your whole thought process. At this event, you can slurp your favorite gelato from La Grotta. A motorcycle van parked near the London Bridge serves you the delicious ice cream. Casswell Bank Architects are the hosts and you can book your free chat with them by mailing them.
Where and when: Corner of Weston Street and St Thomas Street, SE1, June 16, 1- 6 pm
Richard Woods abandons a house in Hoxton Square
Richard Woods, the artist will be abandoning his large-scale model homes in a skip. The Hoxton skip is art space for the SKIP gallery, and the model home, called ‘Upgrade’ raises questions about a structure/building’s relationship to the site, and the gentrification of homes. You can see this installation and try to read the artist’s mind.
Where and when: Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB, June 1-30
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At this event, the designers would rediscover benefits of local, traditional materials and designs and trace their influence on modern interior design. The talented Mexican architect chosen this year to design the Serpentine Galleries’ pavilion, is Frida Escobedo. She has designed a courtyard, which is enclosed by latticed walls inspired by the Mexican ‘celosia’. The ‘celosia’ is a traditional Mexican building design to allow light and air filter into a house. The pavilion will be a stage for many cultural events as well as talks throughout the summer.
Where and when: Serpentine Galleries , June15 – 7 October
Catch this short film which explores the experiences of émigré architects in London.
Where and when: The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2DB, 12 – 14 pm, 1,8,15,22,29 June
London architecture festival is a gigantic event, which details the architecture of the present day, as well as the influence of history on current architecture. At the event, you can enjoy rubbing shoulders with great architects and get a rare opportunity of exchanging ideas with some of the most creative minds on the planet.
The story of London Stock Brick
Brick by brick a city is made, and brick enthusiasts would love this event. Taylor Maxwell, the famed façade consultants are organizing a unique walking tour in the London Bridge. They would explain the use of bricks in London’s buildings, as well as the history of the London stock brick.
Where and when: 26 Southwark Street, SE1 ITU, June 13 and 20th
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You must check out this freestanding ‘Nomadic Treehouse’ pavilion, which is made of charred timber and smoked mirror. The walls mirror the surrounding and the interior inspires one to think. MUSARC choir members and Sarah Kate Wilson will perform ‘Rainbows’ which offers their own identity and reflections.
Where and when: Battersea Power Station, June 1-30, performance time: 4:30 and 5:30 pm