The Museum of Architecture (MoA), the charity that helps the public engage with architecture, has unveiled a seven metres high temporary wooden structure – the Wooden Parliament – in London’s King’s Cross as part of its collaboration with this year’s London Festival of Architecture.
The Wooden Parliament – an open air pavilion – is made of horizontally supporting wooded structures with a series of blown-up wooden knots that follow the precise geometry of the pavilion, adding to its unique external decoration. Inside the pavilion, rows of steps face each other to create platforms to encourage debate, conversation and contemplation.
Created by Spanish Architects Christina Díaz Moreno and Efrén Ga Grinda of AMID.cero9, Wooden Parliament, seeks to propose a space of dialogue and negotiation through which different viewpoints, ideas and relationships are forged.
Speaking about the installation, Christina Díaz Moreno and Efrén Ga Grinda, said: “It has been conceived as a displacement of a private interior in a public space: an immersive room wrapped with an ornamented dress.” The architects wanted to show that architecture can serve as a mediator in the process of creation of individual and collective identities, by responding to and challenging the understanding of public space in London today.
The pavilion is free to visit throughout the month of June, and located at Granary Square South, King’s Cross N1C 4AA. It was made possible with generous support from Spanish timber company Finsa, and is hosted by Coal Drop Yard.
Throughout the month of June the Museum of Architecture has organised a series of free drop-in events inspired by the pavilion, including a series of live music performances from the Royal College of Music and drop-in drawing workshops with architectural illustrator Philip Buckingham and portraiture sketching with artist Sophie Glover. Visit museumofarchitecture.org to see the full programme.
London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is the world’s largest annual architecture festival, with a mission to support London’s architectural and design talent, enthuse and engage with the public, and find new ways to look at familiar places. LFA2018 attracted over 600,000 visitors and a global audience of 122 million. This year’s theme is ‘boundaries’.