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RA Lego architecture challenge

Special events

Sunday 25 June 2017
2 — 4pm

Part of our

Summer Exhibition 2017

events programme
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RA Lego architecture challenge, 2016.

© Agnese Sanvito

As part of the London Festival of Architecture, the RA invites four architectural practices to recreate buildings that have been lost or never existed.

Buildings and spaces take on a physical form that defines our everyday lives and shapes interactions with the communities around us. But architecture also affects us through memories and impressions. A building long-since demolished plays on the psyche and questions our feelings about particular spaces in the city. We also reconcile ourselves to the impact a proposed building will have on our local area, and when they are not constructed, the project can leave a phantom impression of what might have been. The mental map we conjure of cities is made up of lost structures and imagined landscapes, and is rarely an accurate reflection of the contemporary built environment.

The theme for this year’s London Festival of Architecture is “Memory”. In response, we invite four leading London-based architectural practices to compete in our challenge to use 15,000 LEGO bricks to reconstruct a building that has either been lost over time or never existed.

The four practices taking up the challenge are:
David Chipperfield Architects
Sam Jacob Studio
SODA Studio

Their work will be judged by an esteemed panel, including:
Gonzalo Herrero, Architecture Programme Curator, Royal Academy of Arts
Robert Fiehn, Architectural Communications
Oli Stratford, Editor-in-chief, Disegno, and Head of Editorial, Tack Press
Tamsie Thomson, Director of the London Festival of Architecture

Ticket for the Summer Exhibition required, children under 15 admitted free with adults with a ticket.

This event is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Sunday 25 June 2017

2 — 4pm

Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

Free with exhibition entry, no booking required.