Forgotten Spaces

Forgotten Spaces 2013 - London

Forgotten Spaces Exhibition at Somerset House 


Forgotten Spaces Exhibition © Agnese Sanvito

4 October  - 10 November 2013

South Wing, Lightwells, Deadhouse and Great Arch Lobby, Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA 

The Forgotten Spaces exhibition at Somerset House,  explored imaginative uses for abandoned spaces across London.

The exhibition featured 26 of the best proposals from the hugely popular Forgotten Spaces ideas competition, alongside a selection of completed regeneration projects across the Capital. 

The exhibition itself opened up some of Somerset House's own hidden spaces and corridors. It explored the background and context of the competition winners and provides a thought provoking tour of London's overlooked places.

See photos of the exhibition here

The exhibition was designed by Studio Glowacka and Thomas Matthews.

Forgotten Spaces Competition

Competition Winners:

1st Prize: £5,000: Fleeting Memories by 4orm 

2nd Prize: £2,000: Aquadocks by Studio Pink 

3rd Prize: £1,000: Silvertown Brewery by Chris Allen, Marcus Andren, Michael Gyifor 

See the Forgotten Spaces gallery here.

Earlier this year, RIBA London teamed up with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Landscape Institute, as well as Partners Ordnance Survey and developer Qatari Diar, to launch a new Forgotten Spacesideas competition for 2013.

Based on the highly successful concept developed by RIBA London in 2010 and 2011, the competition seeks out redundant spaces across Greater London and invites innovative design proposals for re-use and regeneration. The 2013 competition will give entrants the opportunity to select their own forgotten space, or consider five specific sites put forward by London Borough planning departments that have been earmarked for redevelopment.

The competition asked: How would you bring the area under a flyover to life? How could a disused car park be made beautiful? What potential lies in neglected parks, spaces under railways or on our rooftops?

See the full competition brief:


If you would like to find out more about the exhibition or competition please get in touch with Anontia Faust in the RIBA London office

Antonia Faust 

0207 307 3624 

RIBA London Partners


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