Throughout June, King’s Cross will be a hub for the 2015 London Festival of Architecture – a month-long, citywide celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice. Here are some of the installations, events and talks taking place at King’s Cross.
New Horizon Pavilions
Until 21 June, Lewis Cubitt Square hosted the New Horizon pavilions. The London Festival of Architecture invited 4 Irish practices, TAKA, Clancy Moore, Hall McKnight and Steve Larkin Architects to collaborate on a joint exhibition to design two pavilions for Lewis Cubitt Square.
The collaboration was part of ID 2015, the year-long celebration of Irish design. The New Horizon initiative was conceived and curated by Raymund Ryan and Nathalie Weadick. This collaborative project explored the theme of the festival, “Work in Progress”, at a city scale.
Of Soil and Water: The King’s Cross Pond Club is the new art installation at King’s Cross. This is the UK’s first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond. It is a piece of land art and a unique way to experience the excitement of one of Europe’s largest construction sites. This natural, chemical-free pond is the creation of Ooze Architects (Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg) and artist Marjetica Potrč.
We ran special tours for the LFA, which are now full. You can book to swim in the Pond Club here.
Museum of Architecture Placemaking and Technology debate
Tuesday, 9 June, 6:30pm – 8.30pm
King’s Cross hosted and participated in the Museum of Architecture’s debate on community engagement, placemaking and technology. The debate examined the work done by various agencies who are enriching the city through pop-ups and public engagement. Participants learned about research into how people can better use the city and the technology that helps make many of these projects possible.
The Global Generation Skip Garden is an award-winning community project that moves around the King’s Cross site as it develops. The Skip Garden is currently relocating to a new home next to the King’s Cross Pond Club.
As part of the LFA, the Skip Garden will be open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday as a living exhibition, a garden in the making, being built in collaboration with students from the Bartlett School of Architecture.
You’ll be able to see the finishing touches being added to 12 innovative designs with sustainability at their heart, ranging from a glasshouse made out of reclaimed sash windows, a state of the art chicken coop, a wetlands dining area with grey to green water recycling, a rammed earth passively-heated polytunnel and much more.
The garden is being built as a collaborative process, involving children from the age of 7 to business employees, local families, teenagers, university students, architects, engineers and countless organisations offering materials and time to make it happen.
Here’s what’s on for the LFA:
Visit the garden in progress, and try the delicious, seasonal food at the Skip Garden Kitchen: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 – 4pm.
Watch a film screening of ‘Making a community: the new Skip Garden’: Tuesday 30 June, 5:30 – 7:30pm. Book your place here.