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Beyond Borders: Architecture Open at 66 Portland Place
Max Dewdney Architects

Beyond Borders: Architecture Open at 66 Portland Place

The three selected 1:1 installations to be created at 66 Portland Place this Summer are by Max Dewdney Architects, Merrett Houmøller Ltd, and MMAS. These installations will occupy unexpected spaces within RIBA's HQ and question our shared boundaries on global, local and domestic scales.

'Looking Beyond: The Periscopic Pavilion' Max Dewdney Architects

The Periscopic Pavilion provides a space to look beyond physical boundaries aiming to allow us to see the world around us in new and unexpected ways. The pavilion provides an intimate space with three periscopic viewing chimneys. The concept of Looking Beyond refers to both military instruments and to a unexpected form, aiming to challenge our normal expectations of space and consider how perception is a vital tool of understanding physical, political and cultural boundaries.

'The Refugees and Befriending Project' Merrett Houmøller Ltd

The Refugees and Befriending Project brings vulnerable young people together who have crossed borders to get to the UK. Once a week they gather together, with British Red Cross volunteers and staff, to cook and eat a meal together. The weekly sessions provide young asylum seekers and refugees with friendly support and life skills as well as the chance to have fun, build confidence and improve their English.

Merrett Houmøller’s proposal provides a mobile base for the Refugees and Befriending Project that will support better engagement in the community as it moves between different urban settings. The mobile unit aims to promote awareness of the challenges faced by these vulnerable young people when they arrive in the UK and communicate the aspirations of the project to a wider audience.

Interface to Place – a process of transforming a ‘Peace Wall’ by MMAS

Designed to be situated at any interface structure in Northern Ireland, MMAS proposes adapting a section of wall into a pair of gates-come-benches that open to create a public space straddling the divide between neighbourhoods, some separated for several generations. The project corresponds with the government’s strategic commitment to remove the interface structures by 2023. MMAS are currently working with communities at an interface in one area to develop their design idea. A documentation of their progress will be shown at the RIBA.

A further 1:1 installation by Doing Bits Studio will also be on display at RIBA North as part of Beyond Borders this year for the first time.

Architecture Open is sponsored by Cosentino