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SOM Participates in The Gingerbread City

On view at Somerset House through January 5th, 2020, The Gingerbread City features reinterpretations of famous London landmarks by SOM and other leading designers in the United Kingdom.

An annual exhibition and fundraiser organized by the Museum of Architecture in London, the event aims to connect the public with architecture by providing a fresh, holiday-inspired take on conversations about cities and human interactions.

Trading concrete and steel for gingerbread and icing, a team of architects and engineers from our London office designed, baked, assembled, and decorated "Gingerbread Modern"—a fantastical, edible version of the Tate Modern in London.

In a nod to the founding of the original Tate Gallery by 19th-century sugar magnate Henry Tate, Gingerbread Modern celebrates the transformative power of art, architecture, and public space. “Art is the sprinkling of magic that transforms Henry Tate’s humble sugar into the beautiful edible delights of the gingerbread wonderland. And it's art that transforms the chimney and great halls of the power station of yesterday into vibrant public space," said Phil Obayda, Associate Director and one of the gingerbread crew.

In addition to Gingerbread Modern, the exhibition includes reinterpretations of other famous London landmarks, including Battersea Power Station, Oxford Circus, and Piccadilly Circus.

The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City 2019

Through January 5, 2020

Somerset House, Lancaster Rooms
London, WC2R 1LA


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