The Imminent Diorama Designs

Imminent Diorama

We are delighted to showcase the designs in our new interactive installation, ‘The Imminent Diorama'. The installation, which is open until 26 November at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, presents one of London’s finest unprotected views of the city, as it appears now and as it could appear over the next eighty years.

Following the call to artists to submit their visions, we received a large number of fantastic entries from high calibre artists and architects, all highlighting the need to consider and reflect on future views. The final installation will highlight the delight and importance of views to Londoners, and their current lack of protection in certain areas of London. 

The winning entries are as follows:

Studio Octopi

Studio Octopi was established in 2003 by James Lowe and Chris Romer-Lee. The practice has achieved notable success for creating inventive and considered architecture and is committed to creating responses that are appropriate to the social, cultural and historic context of a given location.

Studio Octopi
Studio Octopi
Studio Octopi

It’s 2098 – London has finally built itself out of the housing crisis; the centre has densified, outer boroughs have built up and key workers once again enjoy the city in which they live. London is a joyous city of sprawling leisure parks and integrated live-work spaces and now looks to the future. Planning policy focuses on enriching the lives of all of its citizens and celebrating modern achievements. Instead of protecting views of the icons of yesteryear this new London frames views to the Shard, the new debating tower at Westminster, the 2050 Tower of Culture and the world’s tallest co-living building.

Carl Turner Architects

Carl Turner Architects is an award-winning, architectural studio that believes in creating thought-provoking and well-crafted architectural projects.

Carl Turner Architects
Carl Turner Architects
Carl Turner Architects

London 2097. It is a wonderful day in the English Archipelago – through the clean air one can easily see the ships passing through the sunk City of London and if we look carefully, we can even spot the tip of St Paul’s above the waves. It is a proud day for the Horniman Museum, awaiting the opening of its new open-water enclosure complementing its famous Aquarium. Who would have guessed things would turn out so well: Having fought long and hard to preserve its visual connection to London against encroaching high rises and housing estates, the sudden rise in sea levels offered a most welcome solution. Not only did the Horniman Museum gain an unobstructed view to the remaining Islands of London, its prominent position on the new shoreline has earned it the Royal Pier, and the first regular submarine connection to Notting Hill.

Design Haus Liberty

Design Haus Liberty, founded by Dara Huang, is an award-winning, energetic and forward thinking architecture and interiors practice based in Central London.

Design Haus Liberty
Design Haus Liberty
Design Haus Liberty

We’re running out of space in London. Therefore we must look to grow above and below ground. Through strategic location of skyscrapers and underground scrapers, traffic will be relocated to tunnels below the city and new opportunities for urban parks will arise. The present skyline cluster which is currently planned around converging lines and corridors that protect views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and the Monument, will be spread to leave vertical pockets within the new city. These vertical pockets will emphasize the protected views even more, taking them into a 3rd dimension, acting as a spotlight on the monuments!

David Bray

David Bray is an illustrator/artist based in South London. A freelance illustrator since his graduation from Central St. Martins in 1992, David has exhibited in London, Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Portland, Los Angeles and Perth.

David Bray
David Bray
David Bray

London in 80 years is choked by pollution, a thick black smog engulfs everything. Only the superrich can afford to live on the platforms that sit high above the city. There is everything there from apartments, leisure centres, to nature reserves. The nature reserve has a wooded plantation upon it to draw in fresh oxygen. There is a London Over Overground station for access from the Below for workers to serve the superrich. Architects have free rein to design and build anything they desire as there is no history visible, the skyline is a free for all.

Collective Works LLP

Based in Homerton and delivering residential, community and cultural projects predominantly in London and Norway, Collective Works LLP are an architecture and design studio built on transparency, collaboration and communication.

Collective Works
Collective Works
Collective Works

The views of St. Pauls were only given policy status in 1980 – well before the digital revolution, with this in mind we want to turn the assumption of them being blocked by actual physical buildings, on its head. In addition to the unrelenting development we are also faced with giant tech companies and the ownership of data, not dissimilar to 'public' spaces evaporating silently into the hands of corporations. Ultimately the threat we believe these views are facing is two-fold. Are these views public or private? Playing with the notion of 'protected' our idea is rooted in the concept of censorship via augmented reality which is partly dystopian, partly utopian. If it is perceived as an asset, it could be used to generate revenue thus creating a model where the views must be paid for. Even if everyone could afford the view - like a £0.99 app - is it really public?

Agustin Coll

Agustin Coll is a Barcelona-born illustrator based in London since 2008. A storyboard artist in various fields such as product design and advertising, he also develops experimental art projects based on satirical takes on architecture through character design and exploration.

Agustin Coll
Agustin Coll
Agustin Coll

As towers keep shooting up in London, panoramic views are becoming increasingly rare and valuable for the local community. This illustration, called ‘Global Warming 2097’, plays around with architecture to satirise a dystopian future in which rising sea levels and temperatures will have turned London into a tropical beach resort. Only those living in private high-rise developments will have the exclusive enjoyment of something as basic as a sunset, to the detriment of the communities living further out of the city centre. Symbolised by St Paul’s cathedral, the centrepiece of London’s protected views, this illustration aims at highlighting the importance of an experience that is publicly enjoyed from buildings that are opened to everyone.

Lee Playle, Scamp Factory

Lee Playle studied illustration to degree level at Harrow College of Art. Illustration and drawing have always been the basis of his passion and consequently Lee now runs his own illustration/design business, Scamp Factory.

Scamp Factory
Scamp Factory
Scamp Factory

It’s 2097 and Dystopian London is under increasing threat from violent electrical storms and excessive rainfall. Consequently, a giant immersive umbrella has been developed not only to protect the hub of our vibrant capital but also to feed its thirst for consumerism.

Duncan Catterall

Duncan Catterall is currently studying a Masters of Architecture at Westminster University and runs events company Croquet & Cocktails.

Duncan Catterall
Duncan Catterall
Duncan Catterall

This vision imagines a future where climate change has caused a drastic increase in hurricane activity, the world's equator has become more extreme and the subsequent storms cause a large volume of sand to be ejected into the atmosphere basking London in an orange hue. All the while London's skyline pushes upwards as the city becomes ever more densely populated. St Paul’s is now the only historic building still visible from the Horniman’s Gardens.

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