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Pews and Perches

15 October - 15 September
Organized by: London Festival of Architecture and Royal Docks Team
Royal Docks

The LFA and the Royal Docks Team (RDT) have announced the five design teams chosen to create a playful series of public benches, to be installed along the Royal Docks’ waterfront this October. The winning designs will then be in place for a year, welcoming visitors to the Royal Docks in the run-up to the London Festival of Architecture 2020 and beyond.


Building upon the success of the 2018 and 2019 editions of the ‘City Benches’ project – run in collaboration with City of London and Cheapside Business Alliance – and the ‘Pews & Perches’ competition, which was run by RIBA London for the London Festival of Architecture 2012, this latest instalment in the Festival’s competitions programme offers a new opportunity to enliven the Royal Docks’ distinct waterside setting. Selected from a rich variety of entries from emerging voices across the profession, including architecture and design students, recent graduates and emerging practitioners, the winning teams were each selected for their innovative and refreshing responses and vision for how these can transform the docklands public realm.


The five winning teams are:

McCloy + Muchemwa

Portia Malik

Parallel Collective


Urban Radicals with Sanne Visser


Image: Zombie bench by George King Architects, 2012. © Anna Stathaki