NLA Sky Walk by Carmody Groarke

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Architects Carmody Groarke will build a 160m raised walkway in Montague Place in London this weekend as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

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Called the NLA Sky Walk, the structure will host exhibitions, music and performances from 4-6 July.

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NLA Sky Walk - Montague Place, WC1, 4-6 July 2008

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A 160m long architectural installation will transform a little-known street behind the British Museum for one weekend in July, hosting exhibitions, talks, walks, open-air theatre, world music, games food and dancing as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

The two day, free street party will be the central feature of the King’s Cross, Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and Covent Garden Hub, curated by New London Architecture to provide visitors with an insight into the development and possibilities of this special area of central London.

The NLA Sky Walk, designed by Young Architect of the Year Carmody Groarke, will transform Montague Place, WC1 into an exciting cultural space and public part of the city. The installation, rising up to five-metres high, will zigzag across the street providing a new perspective on the Museum and its surroundings, creating a series of public spaces, a dramatic viewing gallery, outdoor exhibition galleries, lawned seating areas and stage designed around an existing London Plane tree.

The installation will play host to architectural exhibitions, open-air theatre performances from RADA, world music from SOAS, family workshops from the team at the British Museum and Mobile Studio and a large scale public picnic celebrating local fresh food and open space from Bohn and Viljoen Architects. It will be a place to eat, relax and enjoy the spectacle of architecture current, planned and temporary.

  • unpopular

    by the amount of people they’ve comped in, it seems they’re expecting quite the turnout.

    spot the architects (they’re the ones wearing black). Now subtract the other photoshop people. Now you have the actual amount of people that will look at this at any given time.

  • InLondon

    ‘Unpopular’, you idiot– turnout for LFA’s outdoor installation last weekend was incredible. The streets were packed and the pavillions were thoroughly enjoyed by a diverse cross-section of the city’s inhabitants. They weren’t just architects– everyday people are interested in the environment around them and excited to be part of the discussion for what’s next. These installations are designed to bring people together, and create lively spaces for music, discussion, learning, and engagement. They’ve been very successful. Perhaps your work has not lived up to its potential in the past, but the public has been quite interested in what’s been thought up for this year’s LFA.

  • edward

    I’m not sure the long walk can be made inviting enough to entice spectators, but some interesting spaces are created with the structure. Hope they have good weather for the festival.

  • Fling

    Aaah. Streets in the sky, post war optimistic stiff upper walkway restrained mentality of British cor blimey architecture, everything will be ok for us simple folk so long as we don’t get carried away and we’re elevated a bit and get opportunities to stroke our chins at the thrill of being 5 metres above the ground in a corridor where nobody ever wees and be a community with “spaces created” and jumpers for goalposts to exchange ideas about arkiteckchoor.
    Lets petition to stop them demolishing it after the festival is over.

  • bob

    looks like well organised scoffolding covered in black muslin??

  • mehmet noyan

    London always has good weather

  • Umbrella

    ella, ella, eh, eh, eh…

  • Enough already.

    It is with significant regret that I must write to communicate my frustration, concern, anger, confusion and disappointment with the 2008 London Festival of Architecture and this absurd ‘event’ The NLA Skywalk.

    My regret, is a result of knowing many of the people involved in the organization of the festival and I know how hard they worked and how much money they pinched from the public purse. I still admire their insane ambition, both for themselves and the profession of architecture, let alone my admiration for their relentless egos.

    I am afraid this Festival of London Architecture is without peer in terms of waste, including money, time and intellectual pursuit. No doubt that with over 600 events there are a handful of very good and worthwhile contributions (most of which were happening in any case without FLA branding them as their own) but I feel sorry for these people whose work will not only be lost and forgotten in the insanity of 600 events about something, it is clear most Londoners’ are not so interested in, but when the dust settles on this hubris of an event that they will have been embarrassed to have been involved with such waste and as the Director himself says ‘indulgence’.

    This NLA Skywalk is just another example provided by FLA and NLA of what is deeply corrupt and wrong with architecture and urbanism today. So much waste.

  • DJ

    lol @ umbrella

  • cpcp

    lol @ fling