London Design Biennale 2016, Somerset House

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London Design Biennale 2016, Somerset House

LDB Architecture Event WC2, England, UK – Installations on Theme: Utopia by Design

30 Mar 2016

London Design Biennale at Somerset House

London Design Biennale 2016 at Somerset House

7 – 27 Sep 2016

Somerset House courtyard:
Somerset House London courtyard
photograph © Nick Weall

The first London Design Biennale will open this September at Somerset House with over 30 countries participating. Nations from six continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design.

At the London Design Biennale you will see installations curated by the leading museums and design organisations in the world, including Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (USA), DAMnation (Belgium), German Design Council, Moscow Design Museum (Russia), Triennale Design Museum (Italy), India Design Forum, Southern Guild (South Africa), The Japan Foundation, and Victoria and Albert Museum (UK). Design teams include architects, designers, scientists, writers and artists.

Somerset House, London Design Biennale
photo from LDB 2016

Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, including The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace, the London Design Biennale will explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. You will see engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions – all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.

Dates: 7 – 27 September 2016

Open daily
Monday – Thursday & Saturday: 11.00 – 19.00
Late night Fridays & Thursday 22 September 11.00 – 21.00
Sunday 11.00 – 18.00
Tuesday 27 September 11.00 – 18.00
Last entry 1 hour before event closes

Costs: £15.00, £10.00 concessions, £5.00 ages 7 – 18
Children 6 and under go free

Somerset House London courtyard:
Somerset House courtyard
photo © Nick Weall

For more information visit London Design Biennale 2016

For tickets visit London Design Biennale 2016 Tickets
or call 0844 844 0444 (booking with Ticketmaster, calls will cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge)

ArDe at Somerset House

ArDe London at Somerset House

ArDe: a new contemporary architecture, landscape and design fair.
Exploring the near future of a world city

Somerset House, London
5-12 June 2016

Curated by Sam Jacob, Jane Withers and Martha Schwartz Partners.

ArDe curators Sam Jacob Jane Withers Kate Sweeney Markus Jatsch:
ArDe curators Sam Jacob Jane Withers Kate Sweeney Markus Jatsch
photo © Sylvie Edge

ArDe London:
ArDe London Somerset House logo

ArDe Somerset House London Event

Somerset House has a long history of public exhibition and performance. Queen Anne of Denmark used it as a testing ground for ideas about the 17th century city, displaying these through masques written by Ben Johnson, with set design by Inigo Jones. Many of the concepts presented at court in this manner did make it out into the city of London as we know it today, although usually in more practical forms. ArDe will pick up on this legacy, as well as paying tribute to Somerset House’s 2016 Utopia celebrations, embracing the notion that exhibitions have the potential to transform dreams about the city into reality and presenting us with a compelling and inspiring portrait of the near future of a world city.

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About Somerset House

A unique part of the London cultural scene, Somerset House is an historic building where surprising and original work comes to life. From its 18th century origins, Somerset House has been a centre for debate and discussion – an intellectual powerhouse for the nation. Somerset House is today a key cultural destination in London in which to experience a broad range of artistic activity, engage with artists, designers and makers and be a part of a major creative forum – an environment that is relaxed, welcoming to all and inspirational to visit while providing a stimulating workplace for the cultural and creative industries.

Somerset House
photo © Adrian Welch

Since its opening in 2000, Somerset House has built up a distinctive outdoor public programme including Skate, concerts, an open-air film season and a diverse range of temporary exhibitions throughout the site focusing on contemporary culture, with an extensive learning programme attached.

We are now home to the biggest community of creative organisations in central London including The Courtauld Gallery and Institute of Art, King’s College London Cultural Institute and over 100 other creative businesses. We currently attract approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.

ArDe Somerset House London images / information from Theresa Simon & Partners

Address: Strand, London WC2R 1LA, England, UK

Somerset House

Somerset House East Wing
Design: BDP
Somerset House East Wing
image from architects

Somerset House London by BDP Architects

Location: central London
1786
William Chambers, Architect

Somerset House Somerset House
photographs © Nick Weall

Location: off The Strand, north bank of the River Thames

Somerset House architect : William Chambers


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