During the London Festival of Architecture, Spanish designers Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén Ga Grinda present The Wooden Parliament at Coal Drops Yard. A hand-crafted pavilion on display throughout the month of June.
The Wooden Parliament is located at the entrance of Coal Drops Yard creating an immersive space open to the public. It looks to articulate the way architecture can serve as a mediator between people and encourage the public to interact in a way they wouldn’t have before. The piece is the breaking down of boundaries which is this year’s theme for the London Festival of Architecture. The brightly coloured structure is overtly patterned and covered in a series of enlarged wooden knots that follow the precise geometry of the pavilion, as well as a centrally placed disk which acts as a door. ‘The Wooden Parliament’ is considered a displacement of a private interior in a public space and inside rows of steps face each other to create platforms to encourage debate, conversation and contemplation.
The Wooden Parliament is designed by Spanish architects Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén Ga Grinda of the Madrid-based practice AMID.cero9, sponsored by the Spanish timber company Finsa, supported by Coal Drops Yard and organised by the Museum of Architecture.
The pavilion will be free and open to the public for the whole month of June, and visitors are invited to appropriate the space for public discussion and debate. Live events, drop-in workshops and live music will be taking place every day, organised by MoA (Museum of Architecture) including live music performances from the Royal College of Music and drop-in drawing workshops. You can see the full programme at the Museum of Architecture site. Here are some of the highlights:
Drop-in drawing workshop with architectural illustrator Philip Buckingham
Monday 3 June, Monday 10 June, Monday 17 June, Monday 24 June 11-1pm
Live portraiture sketching with artist Sophie Glover
Wednesday 5 June, Friday 14 June, Friday 21 June, Friday 28 June 11-1pm
Live performance by Royal College of Music saxophonist
Thursday 6 June 11-2pm, Friday 14 June 3-6pm, Thursday 20 June 12-3pm
Drop-in live portraiture with London Drawing Group
Saturday 8 June, Saturday 15 June, Saturday 22 June, Saturday 29 June 11-1pm
Drop-in drawing workshop ‘Public Word Play’ with Gilles and Cecilie Studio
Wednesday 19 June 10.30-1.30pm
Drop-in drawing workshop ‘People on the Move’ with Gilles and Cecilie Studio
Thursday 27 June, 10.30-1.30pm
Please note: The Pavilion is not a covered space, so programming will be cancelled if the weather is bad.
The Wooden Parliament only has a partially accessible interior space due to the design of the tiered stairs and narrowed entrance route.
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