When: On until 22nd December 2017
Where: 27 Thurloe Street, South Kensington, London SW7 2LQ
£: Admission costs £3. Gingerbread house-making workshops cost £30, for one child and one adult
What is it?
This Christmas, the Museum of Architecture is bringing a Gingerbread City to London.
The city is a fundraising exhibition that brings together architects, urban planners and landscape designers to design a city made entirely of gingerbread.
Returning to the museum district in South Kensington until Friday 22nd December, where last year’s edition attracted over 16,000 visitors, the exhibition will take over two floors of an iconic townhouse in front of the tube station, for a festive exploration of architecture and design.
Alongside the exhibition, the Museum of Architecture will also be running family gingerbread house-making workshops. This year, a number of prominent architecture practices have joined the project, including Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster and Partners and Carl Turner Architects.
The aim of The Gingerbread City is to create an imaginary city that would invite the general public to engage in a playful and unusual way with contemporary architecture and design. Based on a masterplan developed by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, the imaginary gingerbread city seeks to open discussions about the way architecture impacts the way we live and work, drawing on contemporary discussions about what makes a healthy city.
The exhibition hopes to shape an engaging platform that can serve as an introduction to broader discussions about architecture and urbanism today.
Extending the discussion beyond the exhibition itself, members of the general public will be able to join family gingerbread house-making workshops where they can learn more about designing buildings and develop creative design skills over the course of a festive afternoon.
For the workshops, MoA will be providing visitors with materials to build and decorate their own gingerbread house that will draw inspiration from the rich design and architecture display of the exhibition itself.
For The Gingerbread City exhibition, each participating architecture practice has been invited to select a plot on the city, and build and bake landmark buildings, such as a museum, town hall, bridge, school, stadium, as well as housing and landscape sites. MoA will be giving three prizes for the best designs, selected by two expert committees as well as the public vote.
The Gingerbread City supports MoA’s philosophy of creating unconventional ways for the public to better engage with architecture, whilst challenging architects to explore new opportunities for innovation.
More info: www.thegingerbreadcity.com