Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in London.

December 2016
Anne Mullins
Curator Arts and Culture
Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership

Art and architecture highlights this month include of course the not to be missed new Design Museum, designed by interior architecture star John Pawson and OMA. Pawson’s pared back aesthetic has remodelled and transformed one of London’s most important modernist buildings - the former Commonwealth Institute, into an oak lined symphony of good taste.


Intriguing opening exhibitions include Designer Maker User, designed by Studio Myerscough and curated by Alex Newson, and Fear and Love, designed by Sam Jacob Studio and curated by Justin McGuirk.


Two shows open this month celebrating the work of Zaha Hadid - In Focus at the Royal Academy, and a show of her paintings and drawings at the Serpentine’s Sackler Gallery which opens on the 8th Dec.


Last chance to see the Hayward Gallery’s offsite show Infinity Mix, the best video art show in town at another of London’s modernist icons - The Store at 180 The Strand, which due to popular demand has been extended to 11th Dec.


With a busy series of events and discussion still to come, NLA’s WRK / LDN exhibition continues its run until 21 January with an upcoming PechaKucha event and lunchtime talks exploring the shape of London’s future workspaces. 


If you like art and architecture in one hit, then I’d recommend a visit to the growing cultural quarter in Vauxhall where Damian Hirst’s beautiful Newport St Gallery recently won the Stirling prize and whose latest show has just opened Who What When Where How Why, a solo show of the work of Gavin Turk.


Also in the area is the lovely new Cabinet Gallery designed by architects Trevor Horne, which stands like a little brick tower pavilion at the edge of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and features permanent artwork by artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz who has created the funny angled window frames, tiled balconies by Lucy McKenzie and a front door by conceptual star John Knight.




The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership is delighted to be a major sponsor of next year’s London Festival of Architecture which has the rather wonderful theme of ‘memory’. We will be working closely with the festival team to celebrate and explore the incredible, sometimes hidden history of the area, and to demonstrate the enormous cultural, environmental and community value that this long-overlooked district will bring to London as we bring it back to life.

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