The exhibition ‘Circling the Square’ at the RIBA Architecture Gallery is remarkable in its presentation of what was unrealised; the impressive tabletop model of the Mansion House Square scheme is on display for the first time in over 30 years. It shows the Mies van der Rohe tower within a large, open square and this public space was translated, at least in idea, as a rooftop terrace to No. 1 Poultry, which was the building that was built instead. I left the exhibition curious about this terrace and so visited a few days later, to photograph, but found it temporarily closed for refurbishment. No such issue with the exhibition which continues until the 25th June.
It is over three years since the first residents moved into East Village, formerly the London 2012 Athletes’ Village. Next month, I will be leading an architectural walking tour for the RIBA Friends of Architecture to view this legacy of the Games. More information and some places still available on the What’s On page of architecture.com.
I am continuing to work through photographs made last summer around the idea of four years on from London 2012. The International Quarter is a mixed development built on land that was the security and ticketing area during the Games. I’ve yet to discover what the vacant plot in the foreground is to be used for.
Continuing with photographs made four years after London 2012; this is White Post Lane in Hackney Wick and Kings Yard, notable as the building that escaped demolition in 2007 and is now part of the Olympic Park Energy Centre.
Unintentional but interesting - an image about architecture seems instead to be about surveillance.