New London Architecture
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New London Architecture Reviews
Recording London's present-day development Feb 19, 2015
If the under-visited Museum of London serves as the perfect introduction to the history of the British capital, then this even more obscure exhibit – situated just round the corner from the big thoroughfare that is Tottenham Court Road – is the place to go to if you want an idea of where London is today and where it might go to in the near future.
You can’t fail to notice the exhibit’s most visually dominant centrepiece as you walk in to the slick, modern interior of this rarely-busy building. The 1:1500 scale model of the Greater London area gets the juices flowing of locals and tourists alike, with its sprawling scale giving a real appreciation of both the space and distance between many of the city’s most iconic sights. As interesting as the rest of the galleries are, it’s this you’ll find yourself drawn, moth-like, repeatedly back to.
Immediately around the model are displays featuring all the fascinating facts and figures you could possibly want to know about current urban development in London. This ranges from detailed, suburb-by-suburb breakdowns of plans for each of London’s boroughs to the capital’s plans to develop a sustainable road and rail infrastructure. It is admittedly rather a lot to take in, but even if you’re not a ‘Londonphile’, it does provide an invaluable insight in to how big cities are developed in the 21st Century.
It’s not just about London itself, though, with supplementary exhibits on other architectural innovations from around the world to also draw your interest. Displays on projects from Swansea to Singapore surround an indoor nursery with further models, growing plants and soil samples. There’s also a wall dedicated to interior design projects. If you have even the slightest interest in architectural design and urban development, this place is a must.
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