The capital’s month-long architecture festival returns for the 10th year running
This June sees the 10th instalment of the London Festival of Architecture – a month-long series of talks, exhibitions, outdoor events and tours.
Perhaps the most exciting new structure proposed for the city is Thomas Heatherwick’s L150 million garden bridge over the River Thames; the designer, together with horticulturalist Dan Pearson, will give their first public talk on the bridge during the festival.
A series of international residencies, organised by the British Council in collaboration with London’s embassies and cultural institutes, will explore the nature of émigré architecture in the capital. These will take place around Ernő Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower, while the architect’s Modernist house at Willow Road in Hampstead (pictured right) will see expanded opening times for visitors.
New pavilions will be installed across London: Rainforest, by Chilean-German practice GUN Architects, will include its own ‘microclimate’ with a water system that trickles down from a fabric canopy into pools on the ground, while the Museum of London’s House of Muses will host its own programme of events. Several walking, bicycle and boat tours will also take place.
To complement the ‘London’s Growing Up!’ exhibition at New London Architecture, a number of recently completed skyscrapers will open to the public with tours led by architects or developers. In addition, the National Trust is organising Routemaster guided bus trips around the city, led by authors and celebrities, including a tour of south London with design critic Stephen Bayley.
Finally, London’s architecture schools will exhibit this year’s degree shows, giving an insight into what we can expect to take centre stage at future editions of the London Festival of Architecture.
Venue: Various indoor and outdoor venues across London
Admission: Free for most events
Dates: 1-30 June 2014