The London Festival of Architecture is the world’s largest annual architecture festival. This year Nine Elms is a featured Destination, with a programme of events and activities focusing on the design of new connections and public spaces opening up in the area for everyone to enjoy.
This year’s London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is a hybrid festival of physical and digital events throughout June allowing more people to participate in more ways and in more places. This year’s theme is ‘care’.
Around Nine Elms, one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe has been progressing apace – with many of the worlds’ most celebrated architects creating a bold new neighbourhood for London. Alongside landmark buildings including the new US Embassy and Battersea Power Station the area has also provided a backdrop for LFA competitions over the years – showcasing the work of a new generation of architects.
This year Nine Elms is a LFA Destination, with several events and activities highlighting the care taken in designing and opening up new public spaces for everyone to enjoy, as well as caring for our industrial heritage.
Online workshop: Tunnel Visions – design your own railway station daggerboards
Arch 42, a Victorian railway arch in Nine Elms, is being transformed into a bright and colourful gateway called Tunnel Visions. Follow the example of Arch 42’s winning designers Projects Office and take part in this virtual workshop to inspire your creativity at home.
Taking inspiration from railway station canopies around the UK, ‘daggerboards’ will feature in Projects Office’s transformation of the gateways to Arch 42 as this key pedestrian route in Nine Elms opens to the public for the first time this autumn.
This workshop for all ages will show you how to use simple paper-cutting and drawing techniques to make your own daggerboard designs. You will also get the opportunity to learn about some of the history of railway station design.
Share pictures of your creations on social media and see what other people have designed using #Arch42LFA
Celebrating Nine Elms gateways
Arch 42 is just the latest gateway to be redesigned. To help make Battersea and Nine Elms inviting and welcoming to residents, businesses and visitors, a number of key points – or gateways – around the area are being made more attractive to travel through or pass nearby.
Improvements to gateways include horticultural and planting, lighting installations, sculpture and temporary seating and furniture. Artists and designers have been commissioned to improve some of the gateways with innovative designs.
Take a look at our photo gallery to see some of the key changes to gateways in the Nine Elms area.
Nine Elms Park – creating a new public space for London
Wednesday 16 June, 10am to 11am.
Nine Elms Park is a new green linear park for London. Wandsworth Council has worked with local developers, landowners, designers and UCL to develop a cohesive design and London’s first innovative POPS (Privately Owned Public Space) Charter to help secure this outdoor space for leisure and wellbeing.
You can find out more about the new Nine Elms Park with an exhibition of images and an online panel discussion with a range of guests who will give their insight on creating the park.
Book tickets for the free online talk: Nine Elms Park – creating a new public space for London
View our online picture gallery showing the design of Nine Elms Park
Our brand new 360° virtual tour introduces a new way to take in the sights of Battersea and Nine Elms!
Explore this vast new neighbourhood from the air or on the ground as you take a stunning photographic route from West to East, East to West or select points of interest to look around.
Virtual webinar: Tunnel Visions – A new gateway for Nine Elms
Monday 7 June 2021, 12pm to 1pm.
Join architecture studio Projects Office, local historian and creative writer Hilaire, and Wandsworth Councillor Ravi Govindia to learn more about the new connections being created with the transformation of Arch 42 – a historic railway arch which will become a new public route through Nine Elms.
Chaired by Tamsie Thomson.
Book your free tickets for Tunnel Visions – A new gateway for Nine Elms
Also, check out the online event Bringing music to Nine Elms: World Heart Beat Music Academy on Tuesday 8 June at 7pm. You can hear all about the new educational, cultural and performance venue in Nine Elms scheduled to open later this year.
Start date: 01/06/2021
End date: 30/06/2021