The London Festival of Architecture – must-see attractions

June 3, 2016 / OLD news posts, Uncategorized

Photography: Mark Hadden

This year, the London Festival of Architecture will explore the theme of community. Here’s what to see (1–30 June;

‘The Hive’ pavilion A standout design at last year’s Milan Expo, the award-winning immersive piece of architecture by Wolfgang Buttress, which represents the workings of a beehive, will be on show at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from 18 June until November 2017. Visitors to the aluminium lattice structure (left), which is lit by LEDs, will learn more about the role of insects in feeding the planet (

Open Studios Practices across the capital will open their doors this month for a series of exhibitions, talks and discussions from leading industry insiders. Plus, you’ll get a sneak peek at what they’re currently working on. Architects featured include Feilden Fowles (25 June, 12–4pm), Grimshaw Architects (23 June, 6.30–8pm) and Stirling Prize-winners AHMM (23 June, 3–6pm). For more information visit

‘Architecture on TV’ Film screenings exploring the world of architecture through the lenses of documentary makers, hosted by the British Film Institute. A must-see is Kenneth Clark’s 1969 BBC series Civilisation, which was one of the earliest TV shows to bring the cities of the ancient world to UK living rooms (9 June, 6.10pm;

Picture: Mark Hadden