RIBA Forgotten Spaces 2013

4 October  – 10 November 2013
Daily 10.00-18.00, until 21.00 on Thursday 7 November
Lightwells & Deadhouse, South Wing
Free admission

The Royal Institute of British Architects are staging a major architecture exhibition at Somerset House with a showcase of the hugely popular Forgotten Spaces ideas competition.

The exhibition features 26 innovative propositions to renovate a series of London’s disused and abandoned spaces which restore them into public attractions for all to enjoy. They include proposals for a zoo in the decommissioned gas holders at Bromley by Bow, an events space on floors 24 – 30 (the satellite platforms) of the iconic BT Tower, a public pool in a disused tube station at Aldwych and the revival of the forgotten River Fleet at St Pancras Gardens.
The full shortlist can be viewed on the RIBA London website

Designed by architecture practice - Studio Glowacka and communications designers Thomas Matthews, the exhibition itself becomes a journey of discovery through Somerset House’s own hidden passageways and coal holes; the Lightwells and Deadhouse. Visitors are enticed along the exhibition route via bright scaffolding and construction-site structures, which in turn present the schemes alongside models and immersive sculptural 3-d pieces.

RIBA announced the winners of the competition at the launch of the exhibition on 3 October. First prize will receive £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000.

The RIBA London Forgotten Spaces project is partnered by Qatari Diar, Ordnance Survey and the Mayor of London and is supported by the Royal Town Planners Institute (RTPI) and the Landscape Institute. The Architects’ Journal is Media Partner. 


RIBA Forgotten Spaces: Pecha Kucha Night
Thursday, 7 November 2013, 18.4520.30
Screening Room, South Wing, £10 (£7 concessions)
To tie in with the RIBA Forgotten Spaces 2013 exhibition, a selection of the 26 competition winners and best entries will be challenged to present their proposals in a fun, fast-paced, Pecha Kucha-style format. There will be questions and discussion afterwards, with time allowed to explore the exhibition and engage with the design teams and individuals involved until 20.30.

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