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Gingerbread City exhibition designed and baked by leading practices

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Foster + Partners’ robot-built pavilion and Apt’s high line-inspired ‘SugarLoop’ are part of a huge gingerbread display themed around ‘future cities’ 

The Museum of Architecture’s edible exhibition of more than 60 buildings is on show at the V&A until 6 January.

Structures on show include office towers, riverside homes, a school, cinema, city farm and stadium alongside botanical gardens, bridges and cycleways.

The city was masterplanned by Tibbalds, with more than 60 practices submitting designs to fit within the overall theme of future cities.

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Pitman Tozer Architects’ The RecoverBee Centre at the V&A

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Pitman Tozer Architects’ The RecoverBee Centre at the V&A

Apt – formerly known as Robin Partington & Partners – created a high line known as the SugarLoop. Hopkins’ Bakewell Bridge features gingerbread men representing different cultures.

Foster + Partners used a robot to build a complex pavilion, while Holland Harvey Architects designed a contemporary homeless shelter with a community cafe, local shop and affordable workspace.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ opera house design was inspired by layering and stacking, and BDP’s Uni-beurre-sity Campus is based on a bee hive.

Museum of Architecture director Melissa Woolford said: ‘It’s another thrilling year for Gingerbread City. The architects and designers have worked long through the night to bring us their best design ideas. They have practised their bakes and made every blob of icing count. It has all come together to make a futuristic, inclusive and sustainable city on a mini-scale.’

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Sugarloop final apt (2)

Apt’s SugarLoop

Tibbalds director Hilary Satchwell said: ‘We need to be looking forwards in terms of how we make our cities better for all that live and work in them. It has been really exciting this year to set the Gingerbread City 2018 theme around how our future cities might work.

’For Tibbalds this isn’t about some dystopian vision of the future, but about how real places can work for all of us and how we can live in well-designed, attractive and lively places – and ideally that are a bit more long lasting than these gingerbread ones!’

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