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See the Wooden Parliament in Granary Square

This sculpture is up at the top of the canalside steps until the end of the month

Part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, a rather striking wooden pavilion can be found at the tip of Granary Square – at least, until the end of the month.

Designed by quirkily-named Madrid-based practice AMID.cero9, it’s an open-air structure seven metres high, made of supporting structures, with internal seats arranged horizontally, forming inclined stands facing each other.

The idea is a “private interior in a public space,” say the architects. It responds to this year’s LFA theme of Boundaries by “proposing a space of dialogue and negotiation through which different viewpoints, ideas and relationships are forged”.

Hmmm, OK. So basically it’s designed to question what we call public space in London today. And where better to do that than crazy-busy Granary Square?


It’s also a platform for a series of family-friendly events, including live musical performances, drop-in drawing and children’s workshops, further encouraging what they call “the public’s engagement and participation with architecture”.

And, of course, it’s got social media hit written all over it.

Wooden Parliament, free, until 30th June, Granary Square South, at the entrance of Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London N1C

Image: photo credit: AMID.cero9

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