Design prize nomination for flyover project

Folly for a flyover pic: Connor Walsh (Flickr)

A temporary construction set up in Hackney Wick last summer has been nominated in the architecture category of the Design of the Year Awards.

‘Folly for a Flyover’ was built and run by Assemble, a not-for-profit collective of architects and designers, in the space between the east and westbound traffic of the A12.

Dubbed the Oscars of the design world, the awards, hosted by the London Design Museum, showcase the most innovative and progressive designs from around the world.

Assemble used reclaimed and donated materials were to create their project, and presented a story of a building trapped under the motorway in the past.

For the six weeks the construction was on show, visitors could participate in workshops and explore nearby waterways on boat trips.

20,000 visitors came during the summer for the events which included cinema showings at night.

The Flyover project will be competing with pieces in Boston, China, Netherlands, Berlin and more from the UK.

Design Museum, Curator, Ria Hawthorn, told EastLondonLines: “Folly for a Flyover temporarily transformed an otherwise desolate, unused space under Hackney flyover into a hive of activity.

“It shows just how much can be achieved with a little funding and a lot of creativity and determination.”

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