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Five free things to do at the London Festival of Architecture

Posted at 2:30 pm, June 14, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

Rainforest Sculpture © Rob Greig

There is so much going on at the London Festival of Architecture that it’s hard to decide where to start. Do you visit a rainforest, take a tour or wander around an exhibition? Make a start here with this week’s five great freebies…

Photographer Christopher Hauser’s collection of urban photography displays the dramatic skylines of Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Singapore, and last but most certainly not least, London. Head down to learn how each city’s culture is evident in its skyline. Free. Until July 3. Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch Street. 

Dream Pavilion
This self-supporting structure created by IPT Architects encourages visitors to daydream about creating their own space and aims to inspire people to discuss these architectural aspirations. It’s four metres tall and made from OSB sheet, timber and untreated mild steel. Free. Until June 30. Museum Gardens. Bethnal Green.

The Pungent Subway
Battling the old stench of piss, the (aptly named) ‘Pungent Subway’ has turned Elephant & Castle’s 55 year-old passage into a tunnel of soothing smells such as herbs and lavender. Seven subways are being transformed, one of which will include bunches of hanging sage and rosemary, on top of locally produced dried lavender and bay leaves. Free.  Until June 15. Elephant & Castle subway. 

Rainforest Sculpture © Rob Greig

If you can’t afford the flight to Borneo, check out this rainforest experience in central London. Chilean-German practice ‘GUN Architects’ have created stalactites out of fabric, which drip water like the trees of a rainforest. There are mini pools and plants, and it has its own micro-climate. Take a short walk from the chaos of Tottenham Court Road for a semi-exotic getaway. Free. Bedford Square.

Intervening Space: From the Intimate to the World
Exploring the ways in which space is a fundamental instrument in all of our experiences, this exhibition created by six contemporary Algerian artists features new commissions and re-imagined works in range of media. Free. Until June 28. The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road.

Find out more at londonarchitecturediary.com.

By Laura Sagar

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