This year’s competition brief was focused on the ever-changing area of London, the Lost Road Auctions site sold to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 2017. Students representing the UK’s leading universities had to work collaboratively in teams of six-eight to speculate the future of the auction house. They could choose to keep the original building or demolish it and build something new.
Westminster’s ‘Squares of Light’ project focused on paintings and the experience the architecture of the space provided. The team decided to keep the façade of the existing building but take down the rest. As they were working with paintings, the idea was to have a simple white cube as a building that was lifted from the floor resembling a white canvas.
Inspired by a project they had worked on during FabFest 2018, their idea was to have paintings attached to strings that would hold them at different levels of the frame at the same time, creating a division of the interior space.
Focusing on the interior, light was one of the main features the students worked with, dividing the space into a backhouse and an exhibition and auction space. They wanted to have natural light come into the building and work as a spotlight for the paintings, guiding the visitor through a walkable space.