To celebrate this year’s London Festival of Architecture, leading residential developer Native Land hosted a series of events at NEO Bankside, the new world class residential scheme situated immediately adjacent to Tate Modern.
The first of the events was a lecture from the world renowned architect Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the architects behind NEO Bankside. Fifty guests of Native Land, their joint venture partner Grosvenor and the architects, gathered to learn more about the development. The lecture took the audience through the design process, from concept to construction, and discussed how the brief evolved through the planning and development process to the final design, which is currently under construction.
NEO Bankside also played host to a party held in conjunction with The Architecture Foundation, celebrating the start of the Bankside focus of the London Festival of Architecture. The event provided the opportunity for over 200 guests to celebrate the resurgence of London’s ribbon of culture which is welcoming a number of large scale schemes including NEO Bankside, The Shard, Tate Modern’s extension, the Thameslink programme and the redevelopment of the South Bank.
During the party, guests were able to view specially commissioned models of NEO Bankside and Tate Modern, constructed entirely out of sugar cubes. The sculptures were made out of over 81,000 sugar cubes and to a scale of 1:100 by award winning artist Brendan Jamison from Belfast.
Native Land also offered the next generation of architects the chance to hone their skills as children and families were provided with the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ in design during the festival. Under Brendan’s tuition, budding young architects attended a workshop where they learned to build simple structures out of sugar cubes.
Finally to round up the series of events, Native Land provided members of the public with the opportunity to put on a hard hat and sturdy boots and explore the views from the first pavilion to be topped out. Led by architects from Rogers, Stirk Harbour + Partners and Native Land the tours quickly became fully booked by architecture enthusiasts.