Open Studios: London Festival Of Architecture 2014

In Brief

Architectural Corner Shop and What is your Future London Home?

Rising property prices and the unaffordability of London’s housing are creating problems for everyone. How to face this challenge is a question not just for individual families but one which architects can and should contribute to. To open the debate as widely as possible Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios invited the public to build their own vision for London’s future at a bespoke “Corner Shop”. People of all generations set to work with bags of materials selected from the shop counter and modelled a colourful future of different typologies including towers, terraces, courtyards, mansions, house-boats and bridges. Choosing their ideal locations in London, they developed their designs (encouraged to be bold and playful) to add to a growing interactive model of our city.

FCBS used ‘The Architectural Corner Shop’ as a vehicle to engage with London’s local community and encourage them to join in for a day of fun architectural experiences as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2014 on 28th June.

The chosen spot was the FCBS corner space – recently redesigned - at the junction of Whitfield and Tottenham Streets. Contemporary 'hanging baskets' framed delicate neon wire models of some of FCB’s famous housing projects (designed and made by the in-house model making team) and all with ‘living gardens’.

Lighting up the shop window, these were suspended above planters overflowing with takeaway herbs and vegetables for the public to help themselves.

Through a series of questions, comical animations and a slight psychedelic twist, a row of booths addressed the needs and wants of residents of London and explored the impact that their decisions have on the city. Other bits of fun included playing with a giant milk carton, free refreshments as well as sweets from the shop counter and edible plants. Quiet spaces were also provided for guests to see architectural models up-close, read publications or retreat into 4 quiet booths.

The eagerness to record all the ideas from the public sparked a mass anarchic doodle on walls, windows and mirrors throughout the day.