As we head towards the year’s end, 2019 on the horizon is looking set to be another busy year here at Caro. With some great projects coming up, here’s a taster of events and initiatives to look out for in the year ahead.
Following the success of recent digital campaigns, Caro has been appointed to deliver an overarching PR campaign including social media for the Illuminated River. The initial stage of the Illuminated River public art commission – which will light up London Bridge, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium Bridges in summer 2019 – was announced by the Illuminated River Foundation last month. When complete, the free and publicly accessible light installation will span up to 15 central London bridges, from Albert Bridge in West London to Tower Bridge in the City, unifying them in a single artwork and defining them as a sculptural and symbolic link across the capital. The activation across the bridges will be phased, with a further section completing in 2020, and Illuminated River due to be fully delivered by 2022, subject to funding being secured.
London’s historic achievements across architecture, engineering and invention provide the focus of an exciting series of public events commissioned by the City of London Corporation next year. Running from 31 May – 1 December 2019, ‘Fantastic Feats: the building of London’ will celebrate London’s long-standing history of architectural and engineering firsts, and look at how these innovations have contributed to improving the lives of Londoners over past centuries. The full programme of events will be released in early 2019.
We’re delighted that Stirling Prize winner and early Caro client WilkinsonEyre has returned to the Caro family after collaboration on special projects in recent years. These include the 2013 launch of the Bodleian Libraries chair competition – orchestrated by Caro and won by designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby – for the practice’s refurbishment of the Sir Giles Gilbert Scott-designed Grade II listed library in Oxford, now known as the Weston Library.
Caro continues its work with another Stirling Prize winner Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, supporting the practice on its latest project, The Bower, a new landmark for London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’.
New to the Caro portfolio is Jacques Ferrier Architecture. With offices in Paris and Shanghai, the practice will be launching several significant projects in 2019. In London meanwhile Studioshaw’s co-working space for new venture Kindred opens in Hammersmith in the New Year.
Last but not least we would like to give a warm welcome to Bert Frank, the award-winning British lighting brand that creates and manufactures all of its designs in the UK. Visit the brand and discover the new collection at Maison et Objet (Paris Nord Villepinte, Hall 7, Stand F23) from 18 – 22 January 2019.