Architecture in Focus: June 2014

Published 29 June 2014

From London’s annual architecture festival to Georgian polymath, William Kent.

  • London Festival of Architecture

    London’s ever-growing annual architecture festival closed today and this year we’ve seen a hefty programme of talks, exhibitions, installations, cycle rides and film screenings all loosely based around the central theme of ‘Capital’ (in its financial, cultural and geographical sense). One of the highlights of this year’s festival has been the focus on architectural installations by relatively younger practices intended to spark discussion about the future of our city.

  • University of Westminster, London Festival of Architecture

    University of Westminster, London Festival of Architecture

    © Agnese Sanvito

  • GUN Architects, Rainforest

    German-Chilean practice GUN Architects have built a public pavilion, Rainforest, in Bedford Square, which you can see until 19 July. The striking icicle-like structures gently drip water, creating a mini-rainforest in the centre of London, complete with pools, plants and raindrops. The practice responds to the challenge of building in Chilean heat by making water part of their architecture. 

  • GUN Architects, Rainforest

    GUN Architects, Rainforest.

    © GUN Architects.

  • GRUPPE’s 'House of Muses'

    GRUPPE’s House of Muses installation, a commission for the Museum of London, will be on display outside the museum until 21 September. With its name deriving from the Greek origin of the word Museum and a viewing platform over the streets below, this work invites visitors to leave their thoughts on what a public museum should be.

  • House of Muses

    House of Muses

  • Bridge, Museum of London Docklands

    The new exhibition, Bridge, at the Museum of London Docklands is now open and runs until the 2 November. The panoramas of London afforded by its bridges are hugely significant for your sense of being in a city. The exhibition explores how bridges have been a source of artistic inspiration, and have formed our urban identities.

  • Garden Bridge

    Garden Bridge

    © Arup, Courtesy London Festival of Architecture 2014.

  • William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum

    The William Kent exhibition is in its final weeks, so it’s your last chance to catch this retrospective on Georgian polymath, William Kent. The exhibition documents his role in creating the British design aesthetic the Georgian age has since become known for. Kent’s influence can be seen all over London, from the Horse Guards building in Whitehall to Chiswick House and 44 Berkeley Square. As impressive are his landscape, interior and furniture designs, which are included in the exhibition. 

  • William Kent, Assembly of the Gods

    William Kent, Assembly of the Gods, 1719-20.

    (Transferred from H.M.Works, 1867).

    Oil on plaster. 442.0 x 350.50 cm. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.