London Festival of Architecture 2015 kicks off with two interactive pavilions

The 11th edition of the London Festival of Architecture kicks off today with two interactive pavilions opening to the public in Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross. In line with the festival’s international focus country for 2015 – Ireland – the pavilions have been designed by emerging Irish architecture practices for the London instalment of Irish Design 2015, titled New Horizon_architecture from Ireland.


Yellow Pavilion by Hall McKnight Architects in King’s Cross, as part of ID2015’s New Horizon_architecture from Ireland, for the London Festival of Architecture 2015 © Ed Reeve

These pavilions will play host to talks and workshops throughout the festival, and will provide a visual reminder of the international influences that inform London’s architecture. The Red Pavilion (by TAKA, Clancy Moore and Steve Larkin) explores architecture’s role as a background to the activities it contains, and the Yellow Pavilion (by Hall McKnight) explores how the phenomenon of the city is assembled from individual pieces, including bricks from a street in Belfast.

The pavilions in King’s Cross are just one aspect of a diverse festival programme of over 240 events that reach from the city centre to the far-flung corners of London. Returning for 2015 with the theme of ‘Work in Progress’ – which will look at how the workplace and the way we work is changing –  the festival is a platform for discussing, discovering and thinking about architecture.

HIGHLIGHTS OF WEEK 1, 1-7 June 2015

Exhibitions & Installations

1-30 June, Hoxton Square

TREExOFFICE is a project by Australian American artist Natalie Jeremijenko in collaboration with artists Shuster + Moseley, architects Tate Harmer and briefing architects Gensler. In the canopy of an urban tree, TREExOFFICE offers an alternative to the conventional working space and economy. Acting as its own landlord, the tree offers sanctuary, a power supply, and free wifi amongst the bustle of East London.


TREExOFFICE, visualisation by Tate Harmer LLP

The project has been brought to Hoxton Square by Groundwork London, Arts Admin & Hackney Council as part of the Park Hack project. Park Hack is one of 11 UK projects supported by the Rethinking Parks programme, developing new approaches to sustaining and making the most of the UK’s public parks. 

Vision – The Future of the Built Environment
2-3 June, Olympia Central

Held annually, Vision is the place where communities will be able to come together to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments in architecture, design and the built environment.

Giant Dolls House Project – SHOEBOX for SHELTER
1-10 June, 10am-4pm, Shelter Café

There will be a Giant Dolls’ House project installation in the Shelter Café in Old Street. Each participant in the project is invited to make an individual dolls’ house-room of any function in an empty shoebox. The completed boxes are assembled onto a large black canvas and connected to each other with ramps, ropes and ladders to form one large sprawling series of spaces.

The Barbican Exhibition: Building a Landmark
25 May-29 November, 9am-11pm (Monday-Saturday) 10am-11pm (Sunday), Barbican Foyer

The second display in the Barbican series traces the design and construction of the estate and arts centre over three decades from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Employment Land Portfolio – Drawings of Tottenham
1-7 June, 11am-5.30pm (Weekdays) 12-4pm (Weekends), Heyne Tillett Steel

Lucinda Rogers will show a series of large works on paper that depict the workspaces, yards and skills of industrial manufacturing businesses and trades in Tottenham. The drawings will highlight the types of business that are directly threatened by Haringey Council’s plans to promote high-volume housing development in places where people work, which it describes as “restructuring the borough’s employment land portfolio”.

Film Screenings

Elephant and Castle – A Changing Landscape
6 June, 2-6pm, 85 Saint George’s Road

Siobhan Davies Dance will host an afternoon of film screenings that show the changing landscape at Elephant & Castle as it undergoes huge changes in the current redevelopment.

RIBA Open Studios

Finding the Formula for the Future Office
4 June, 11am-4pm, 18 Wenlock Road

Spacelab has dedicated over a decade to researching the formula for the future office. In close partnership with UCL (University College London), the team have developed a set of unique analysis techniques and software that gives new levels of insight into the spatial and social organisation of the office. Learn how by analysing the social network of an organisation alongside its spatial configuration, spaces can be tailor made to suit the organisation’s culture and needs, for now and in the future.


Architecture – Regeneration and Our Voice
1 June, 6.30-8.30pm, The Chapel at the House of St Barnabas

Why keep work in the office when we have people in the city?
4 June, 6-8pm, Algate House

These People’s Salons are highly interactive discussions with members of the public developers, policy makers, architects and planners discussing the role and experience of the public in helping shape spaces and places.

Drones, Time-lapse and Social Media: How Technology is helping to tell a deeper story about buildings
2 June, 8.30-9.30am, Architecture Association School of Architecture

Architectural photographer Paul Raftery will argues that as technology becomes more sophisticated and ever cheaper it also has the potential to revolutionise the way we view and understand the built environment. His talk will cover the different visual platforms he uses and the changing media landscape.


Tours of ‘soil and Water, the King’s Cross Pond Club’
1-30 June, 10am-4pm, Lewis Cubitt Park

The UK’s first ever man-made fresh water bathing pond located within a working construction site at London’s King’s Cross, also doubles as a piece of Land Art. The instillation invites visitors to reconsider their relationship with nature and water within an urban city environment.

In the Home of the Architect
6 June, 12-1pm & 3-4pm, Sir John Soane’s Museum

Over the last year Soane’s private apartments have been reinstated on the second floor of his Museum. These intriguing ‘lost’ Soane interiors offer an insight into Soane’s private life and that of his wife Eliza as well as enabling today’s public for the first time to see his architectural models displayed as he intended.

Where Art Meets Architecture
7 June, 11am, Globe Pub

Where Art meets Architecture, Architectural Sculpture Walk. A fascinating City stroll exploring the unique relationship that developed between sculptor and architect at the turn of the twentieth century.

Focus Country – Ireland

Installation: New Horizon
1-24 June, Various times, Lewis Cubitt Square

A collaboration by architects Clancy Moore, TAKA, Steve Larkin and Hall McKnight. Two temporary structures at King’s Cross will play host to talks, performance and events with other emerging talent in contemporary Irish design culture.

Exhibition: RIAI at Vision London
2 & 3 June, 10am-5pm, Olympia Central

A collection of work is being exhibited at Vision London from RIAI, including a ‘7 hands’ exhibition as part of Irish Design 2015 and responses to their callout for ‘Vision for the Future-Unbuilt Projects?’

Talk: Nine Live(s) Tank Talk
7 June, 2pm-2.30pm & 14 June 7-9.30pm, Design Museum

Curated by Emmett Scanlon, Nine Live(s) tells the story of the design and occupation of nine workspaces, each of which ahs been designed by an emerging Irish architect. These activities will give a unique insight into the installation and the social lives of contemporary Ireland, and their relationships with architecture and design.

Click here to view the full LFA 2015 programme.




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