Forgotten Spaces in Somerset House’s Hidden Spaces

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is running a fascinating architectural exhibition on “Forgotten Spaces” in Somerset House’s own hidden passageways and coal holes; the Lightwells and Deadhouse below the main courtyard.

The exhibition features 26 innovative propositions to revitalise a number of London’s disused and abandoned spaces, selected from a massive entry of 147 submissions.   There are a wide range of proposals.  Most relevant to the location is the proposal for a public swimming pool in the adjacent Strand/Aldwych Tube Station and bicycle parking in disused telephone kiosks of which, as mobile phones take over the world, there must be many in London.  This exhibition is well work a look!

More information on the selected projects can be found on the RIBA’s website


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