Future Southwark

11 June 1996 - 14 July 1996

  • Exhibition interior
  • Michael Craig-Martin wall painting, commissioned for the exhibition
  • Wall painting in progress
  • Exhibition interior
  • Artists' impression of the Tate Modern gallery
  • Jeremy Fraser (Southwark Council Leader), John Gummer (Environment Secretary), Nicholas Serota (Tate Director)
  • Pierre D'Avoine installation
  • MUF Architects installing their work
  • Michael Craig-Martin wall painting
  • Michael Craig-Martin wall painting

In 1996, with an influx of both investment and people to the area, the London Borough of Southwark sought to address the quality of its public realm.

It approached The Architecture Foundation to assist with an open submission competition in which seven design teams were selected to produce practical proposals for the improvement of public space across the borough:

Southwark Street (muf)
St. Christopher's House (Florian Beigel Architects and Daniel Buren)
Bankside Riverside (Patel Taylor and Groupe Signes)
Colechurch House (Eric Parry Associates)
Borough High Street (East)
Potters' Field (Kathryn Gustafsson)
Elephant & Castle (Pierre d'Avoine and Dewhurst MacFarlane)
Bricklayers Arms Roundabout (Southwark Building Design Service).

Public consultation days were organised and the design proposals were exhibited in a transformed, disused car-wash on Southwark Street. Its success resulted in four built schemes completed by East Architects , Eric Parry Associates, muf architecture/art and Patel Taylor.

In partnership with

London Borough of Southwark
Government Office for London 

Supported by

The Hire Man
London Docklands Development Corporation