This summer discover four exciting projects in Canary Wharf as part of the London Festival of Architecture
Canary Wharf is turning itself into a mini London Festival of Architecture hub this year by hosting a series of interventions in the lobby of its iconic César Pelli building, One Canada Square, and in the neighbouring Cabot Square.
Lily Jencks Studio takes over Cabot Square with ‘The Quintessential English Garden: what does it mean to be Native?’, using the classic example of Stourhead in Wiltshire as the backdrop for a discussion about the global local influences on landscape. Meanwhile in the lobby of One Canada Square, LBMV Architects create a dramatic walkway out of inexpensive timber from a regular hardware store to show what can be achieved stylistically with the most basic of materials. DON’T WALK, WALK encourages visitors to explore the structure, experiencing the effect of light playing through the wooden slats and of a space within a space. On the other side of the lobby, humanitarian architecture charity Article 25 showcases its work around the globe: schools, hospitals and homes built with – and in support of – vulnerable communities, displayed in model form and through photography.
Speaking about the installations, Sally Williams, Public Art Consultant at Canary Wharf Group says: “This opportunity to collaborate with Article 25, LBMV Architects and Lily Jencks Studio has provided Canary Wharf with an exceptional contribution to this year’s London Festival of Architecture. Public art at Canary Wharf takes many forms, demonstrating our diverse cultural offering, and plays an important part in helping to engage with the myriad visitors to the Estate, often bringing new audiences.”
Although Canary Wharf is home to one of UK’s largest public art collections, with over 70 pieces of art by 50 world-renowned artists installed across the Estate, it is the architecture that sets the stage for the London Festival of Architecture works. Pelli’s 1991 One Canada Square held the record for London’s tallest tower, until it was overtaken by The Shard in 2010. The gateway to the Estate, Foster & Partners’ imposing tube station, is another masterpiece, whilst the new district, Wood Wharf, will include buildings by Allies and Morrison, Darling Associates, Grid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, KPF, Patel Taylor and Stanton Williams Architects.
Guy Dare, Design Manager at Canary Wharf Group, is recording a podcast for the Festival, in which he interviews those who have played a significant role in the architecture of Canary Wharf. The podcast is available to download from the LFA website.
Visitors will be able to use the podcast as a guided tour to the various spaces and installations during the Festival and a programme of events will be publicised on www.canarywharf.com
The installations at Canary Wharf all explore the Festival theme of ‘Boundaries’ and can be discovered at your own pace and in any order. However, if you would like to meet the people behind the projects, there will be a special event on Saturday 22 June with presentations at each location and opportunities to ask any burning questions: 11am-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm. Starting point: lobby, One Canada Square
Ticket information: Free. Simply turn up and speak to one of the event stewards on arrival. There is limited capacity for each talk so please turn up early to avoid disappointment.
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Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166