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OSA hangs Merchant Square Christmas tree

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] The Office for Subversive Architecture (OSA) has created this temporary hanging Christmas tree for Mossessian & Partners’ newly opened 5 Merchant Square in west London

The 16.5 metre-tall textile structure is hung from a beam protruding from the eighth-floor of the Paddington Basin office building.

Originally designed with 8 points the tree was revised to a 6-corner star shape following negotiations with contractor Ceno Tec.

The temporary decoration is made from mesh fabric that is illuminated at night. OSA claims the design is based on ‘childhood memories about Christmas’ and traditional handmade paper decorations.

A statement from the practice said: ‘The simplicity of paper models like trees or stars together with the use of light has always been an essential part of Christmas and [the project aimed] to transform those ideas into a large scale arts project.’


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