This June, the London Festival of Architecture rolls into town once again. This year's theme is 'memory': of people, buildings, places and experiences. London is a city of collective memory. Its history is alive: in old place names and the City of London’s medieval street pattern.
Celebrating memory in all its forms, get ready for the festival's wealth of events: from exhibitions, installations, open studios, talks and debates, to cycle rides and guided walking tours across renovated London estates. Here is our pick of the best of the month ahead!
While it's not one of the official festival events, we can't wait for The Great Architectural Bake Off, hosted for a second year in a row by WATG Interior Design. This slightly frivolous afternoon is your chance to see London's most renowned architecture firms recreate some of the city's infamous landmarks out of cake, right before your eyes. On your marks, get set, bake!
Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
But if bricks and mortar rather than sugar and flour are more the order of the day, then poke your nose into the Zaha Hadid Architects: Unbuilt exhibition at the Zaha Hadid Gallery. The exhibition, running until the middle of August, will display a selection of unrealized designs illustrating the continuous and innovative process of London's prestigious Zaha Hadid Architects. Small, intimate but alluringly glossy, this is one for the well-healed.
As part of London Festival of Architecture, Battersea Power Station will open their doors for a once-in-a-lifetime one-off hard-hat tour on Sunday 25 June with Jim Eyre, lead architect responsible for the refurbishment of the Grade II* listed building.
Highlights of the tour will include seeing the famous elaborate art-deco interior and the just-finished rebuilt chimneys. Upon completion in 2020, the Power Station will be home to Apple UK’s campus as well as 2 million sq ft of retail, leisure, offices and new homes.
You can enter a ballot to tour the Grade II listed building here, but make sure you register before the 21 June to be in with a chance of winning a place.
Or why not seize the moment and head to Dulwich, for the much-anticipated opening of the Dulwich Pavilion. Designed by emerging young architects IF_DO, the pavilion celebrates 200 years since the Dulwich Picture Gallery first opened its doors to the public.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Baroque Mash-Up
What's more every Friday evening this summer the Pavilion will host talks and events, and, luckily for us, will open its magnificent collection for free. Grab a bite to eat (food and drinks will be laid on by the team behind the Camberwell Arms and Frank's Cafe), and loose yourself amongst the masterpieces in this South London gem.
This year's schedule is jam-packed (for the complete London Festival of Architecture programme, click here), so Londoner's get your diaries out and start planning now.
|What||London Festival of Architecture 2017|
|Where||RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD, | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Regent's Park (underground)|
01 Jun 17 – 30 Jun 17, Opening times vary over events
|Website||Click here for more details|