photo credit Agnese Sanvito
Today is the Late night at Somerset house: the exhibitions will stay open late into the evening.
Let's go see RIBA Forgotten Spaces 2013.
The Royal Institute of British Architects are staging a major architecture exhibition at Somerset House with a showcase of the hugely popular Forgotten Spaces ideas competition.
The exhibition features 26 innovative propositions to renovate a series of London’s disused and abandoned spaces which restore them into public attractions for all to enjoy. They include proposals for a zoo in the decommissioned gas holders at Bromley by Bow, an events space on floors 24 – 30 (the satellite platforms) of the iconic BT Tower, a public pool in a disused tube station at Aldwych and the revival of the forgotten River Fleet at St Pancras Gardens.
Designed by architecture practice - Studio Glowacka and communications designers Thomas Matthews, the exhibition itself becomes a journey of discovery through Somerset House’s own hidden passageways and coal holes; the Lightwells and Deadhouse. Visitors are enticed along the exhibition route via bright scaffolding and construction-site structures, which in turn present the schemes alongside models and immersive sculptural 3-d pieces.
RIBA announced the winners of the competition at the launch of the exhibition on 3 October. First prize was Fleeting Memories by 4orm – which calls for the resurgence of the River Fleet at King’s Cross; second prize (£2,000) went to Studio Pink for a swimming pool complex under theSilvertown Flyover and third prize (£1,000) went to Chris Allen, Marcus Andren, Michael Gyi for a new bowling alley and microbrewery at the Royal Docks.
The RIBA London Forgotten Spaces project is partnered by Qatari Diar, Ordnance Survey and the Mayor of London and is supported by the Royal Town Planners Institute (RTPI) and the Landscape Institute. The Architects’ Journal is Media Partner.