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Architects Create a Gingerbread City in London

South China Morning Post | 1:24

Architects Create a Gingerbread City in London

Peter Smisek

20 December 2018

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NOW in its third year, the Museum of Architecture has presented an architect-designed Gingerbread City at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London this holiday season.

First conceived as a way to introduce architecture to diverse audiences, the Gingerbread City aims to highlight social, environmental and technological trends in the built environment.

Above: The Gingerbread City at London's V&A (image courtesy of Luke Hayes).

This year, 60 London-based architecture practices have contributed their designs to the exhibition, including well-known practices Zaha Hadid Architects and Foster + Partners.

Above: Although playful in its execution, the Gingerbread city is designed as a sustainable, liveable city of the future (image courtesy of Luke Hayes).

Masterplanned by urban design firm Tibbalds, the city includes office towers, a school, city farm, cinema and stadium, alongside an urban cable-car, bridges, gardens and cycle paths.

Above: A pavilion by Foster + Partners was built by a robot (image courtesy of Luke Hayes).

While Zaha Hadid Architects has created a typically curvaceous design for a concert hall, Foster + Partners have designed a pavilion that was assembled by a robotic arm.

Above: Zaha Hadid Architects contributed a typically curving gingerbread concept hall (image courtesy of Luke Hayes).

Serious issues are also addressed at the exhibition. For instance, architecture practice Holland Harvey designed a baked homeless shelter to bring attention to more than 7,500 rough sleepers across the city.

Above: A homeless shelter aims to raise awareness of the issue in London (image courtesy of South China Morning Post).

The Gingerbread City is on display until 6 January 2019 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London.

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