We were asked to provide a cycle tour around 6 of the architectural practices on Saturday around the Shoreditch area. The studios were very welcoming and each one was unique in personalities, work and studios. We managed to get an insiders view of Duggan Morris, Nick Willson, pH+, Scabal, The Blackall Exhibition, Waugh Thistleton, HÛT and Edgley Design. We also got the directors presentation on Stadthaus in Murray Grove ( 9 storey timber structure).
Working for Roca London Gallery in Chelsea (designed by Zaha Hadid) was a pleasure. The gallery is beautiful and serene. Each section of the space has been crafted and gives the visitor a sense of peace as you wonder the floor taking in the latest art installations. They have married an interesting concept where the bathroom pieces take second stage and the sound installation or art pieces are at the foreground.
Working with the team at Roca Gallery, we designed some route options and finally created a bespoke 90 minute tour that would link the gallery with Earls Court during 100% Design (London Design festival 2012). We ran 9 tours over 3 days and cycled with people from all over the world who came to London for the LDF events. We explored an eclectic mix of architectural sights from the impressive historical Brompton Cemetery to Lotts Rd Power Station and Sarah Wigglesworth’s Cremorne Riverside Centre. Cremorne Gardens was once a victorian pleasure garden.
We met some great and interesting visitors from interior designers architects, researchers and artists. Hopefully we will be working with Roca again in the spring with other events.
The collaboration was featured in Icon magazine and guide and also had coverage in World of Interiors and many online references.
During Open House weekend 2012 we ran a tour of SE16. We had so many requests to join the tour with only 12 places on offer we could have ran it 3 times. Saturday was a glorious late September day ,but Sunday was one of those terrible rainy days. In fact that day it rained constantly for 12 hours. Now we are told that our summer was the wettest in 100 years! However, as we waited by Canada Water’s new library (designed by CZWG Architects) we were surprised to see 9 crazy riders and there bikes join us. We toured the area, through Russian Dock woodlands and up to Stave hill. The best views of the docks (on a clearer day perhaps). We headed towards the river and took shelter in the Brunel museum and took a Open House tour into the shaft . As we dried off some and left the shaft we wree greeted by constant downpours. As hardy cyclists we continued and cyclced along the river front, passing wharehouses and wharfs until we finished back at Canada Water, after 3 hours. I take my hat off to all those resilient cyclists and thank the heavens for our remarkable tour.
DeptfordX fringe arts festival took place during the same time as 2102 Games. London was gripped by the spirit of the games and other aspects of London seemed to pass by. I too found myself glued to the Tv and I was lucky enough to see an event at the Hockey stadium. As the summer rains kept many in we took to our bromptons and ran a couple of Sunday art tours around the highlights of the fringe. Hewe Locke’s Share Certificates was a great installation and the live fire breathing piece Hell Bent by David Mach on Blackheath was also worth the climb. We had a great mix of locals and riders from as far as USA, in search of Locke’s work.
As artouride slows down and rests those tour legs during the winter months, we begin to look back and review some of those highlights from our first year. Today’s review will be the London Festival of Architecture 2102 (LFA2012).
LFA 2012 June 23rd-July 8th/THE PLAYFUL CITY
This was our first official design festival tour, which all began in Monmouth coffee one late afternoon with Jess Cronin, festival co-ordinator. Those that frequent Monmouth in Borough market know how this venue and the quality of coffee can secure any new venture. After the meeting we at artouride came up with 9 draft bespoke tours to cover a multitude of locations and encompass many architectural highlights. What we actually delivered successfully were 5 different tours over the 2 weekends.
Guides David Phillips created a Brutalist tour, Barbara Salvadori designed and lead Wharehouses & Wharves ride, Jack Blake steered Sustainable London, After Hours and The Pineapple tour, which was lead by Peter Murry (Founder LFA) and collaborated by Bompass & Parr. The Pineapple tour was the highlight as we cycled in search of the pineapple details on buildings and ended the tour at SE1 for pineapple cocktails designed by the boys themselves (Bompass & Parr http://www.jellymongers.co.uk/about#!__about)
Architectural wonders in a playful city…thank you LFA for our first tours with you…looking forward to 2013.