During the London Design Festival, we hosted holding an exhibition of architectural models to showcase architects’ contemporary visions for London, and examined the opportunities that exist to renew and rebuild our city today.
Encompassing designs for contemporary living, transport and public spaces, the exhibition featured models from leading practices including Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and 2015 Sterling Prize winners AHMM. It was a rare opportunity to see a showcase of architectural models that each convey a new vision for our capital city.
Patel Taylor and AHMM showcased their architectural models for these schemes, in particular how listed elements of the Television Centre will be preserved and enhanced. A key area for development in West London is the site of the former BBC Television Centre and adjacent spaces which will provide more than 1500 residential and mixed use units, along with 2 hectares of public realm. At White City, key spaces host different activities and building typologies respond contributing to the experience of the landscape.
The models in the showcase range from recently completed buildings such as the Canaletto Building by UNStudio, to those currently under construction, including the entrance to Tottenham Court Road by Stanton Williams. Also included are more visionary projects, like Frost Flowers, the floating ice rinks for the River Thames imagined by NBBJ, and the wayfinding Totem Pole envisaged by Tate Harmer as a way to connect the local community with creatives working in Hackney’s ‘Makers’ Mile’.
Barking Riverside station by Moxon Architects, due to open in 2021, one of the future transport projects that will be shown in Architects’ Visions for London Design Festival
The model projects on display vary in size from grand masterplans such as Patel Taylor’s White City reinvention to single dwellings like De Beauvoir House, a
sensitively extended family home by Cousins and Cousins.
The showcase for London Design Festival will examine the opportunities that exist to renew and rebuild our city today in micro model form, encompassing all aspects of London life—with models including bridges, a school, a treatment facility, train stations and a museum and gallery.
Architects’ Visions for London included a reproduction of ‘London 2066’, a painting by the late Dame Zaha Hadid which explores London’s urban character. The work presents a most radical shake-up of the metropolis in both diagrammatic and pictorial terms, and was created at the culmination of a study of the open spaces, rail, road, water and air routes and borough layout of London, depicting a restructuring of the entire plan of the city.
Model of Frost Flowers by NBBJ, a futuristic vision for floating ice rinks on the River Thames
The exhibition continued throughout the duration of London Design Festival 2016 featuring models of projects both built and as-yet unbuilt by architecture and design practices: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris — Ash Sakula Architects — BDP — Ben Adams — Coffey Architects — Cousins & Cousins — Glenn Howells — HAL Architects — John Pawson — Moxon Architects — NBBJ — Niall McLaughlin — Nicholas Hare Architects — ORMS — Patel Taylor — PH+ — Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners — Stanton Williams — Stiff + Trevillion — Studio Egret West — Studio Octopi — Tate Harmer — UNStudio — Weston Williamson