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MSMR Architects has collaborated with our Waterloo neighbour St John’s Church on an exciting project that brings together community, history and architecture, as well as two complementary festivals.
Responding to the London Festival of Architecture theme of Memory, MSMR has designed a new outdoor bench for the church gardens. The design takes inspiration from a local landmark and often-overlooked icon, Waterloo Bridge. Renowned architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed the bridge as we know it after the original suffered bomb damage during WW2 – and this year marks 200 years since the original bridge was opened.
The churchyard is a place of memory for many and during its month-long Waterloo Festival, St John’s Church will be promoting a contemplative and reflective atmosphere alongside music, art, theatre and talks.
The new bench will be accessible to the public from 1 June 2017, when it will be positioned within the gardens to support and enhance celebrations around the church’s festival. MSMR will open its studio to LFA visitors on Friday afternoon, 2 June 2017, with an exhibition detailing the design process and fabrication of the bench. A short talk by the designer at 17:30 will conclude the exhibition, whereafter LFA visitors are invited to stay for a drink in our courtyard.
EXHIBITION: 15:00 – 18:00 (short talk by the designer at 17:30 followed by drinks in our courtyard)
RSVP: let us know if you'll be staying for drinks by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the annual Waterloo Festival organised by St John’s Church: www.waterloofestival.com