The London Dresser

SOCA with University of Westminster, London, 2012

 

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The London Dresser is a large scale cabinet containing small scale iconic buildings

Each morning the cabinet doors slide open and London’s architectural crown jewels are taken out and positioned to transform the surroundings, activating the space and engaging the public.

During the day people sit, play, eat, climb, meet and rest within this playful public gathering space. By night the buildings are returned to the cabinet to create an interactive backdrop to the street; each one is momentarily illuminated through the glass when people peer in.

This project was commissioned by the Mayor of London for the Olympic Games 2012. It was designed by Studio Of Cinematic Architecture with students from Design Studio 17 from the University of Westminster and was developed in collaboration with Millimetre who built and installed both the cabinet and seats. The Dresser was designed and built to last long after the Olympics and is due to be relocated in a state primary school in Hackney as an informal classroom and event space.

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  • Begun: Jul 2012
  • Completed: Jul 2012
  • Floor area: 33m2
  • Sectors: Arts and culture, Public realm
  • Total cost: £93,000
  • Procurement: Design and Build
  • Address: The Shell Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1, United Kingdom

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