In this series, Sir John Soane’s Museum explores changing sites of creativity in London and the increasing versatility of the contemporary workplace. Freelancing, hot-desking and remote working are become progressively popular - and necessary - for artists and designers today; across four talks, we examine adaptable, makeshift locations for work, practice and play within the capital, the architects who create them and the practitioners who use them. Chloë Leen of PUP Architects joins us for the first talk of the series.
PUP engages with the world of architecture and design through built and imagined projects, with a strong motivation towards creating buildings and spaces with a cultural and social focus. At the same time, the practice's interest in materiality and making results in a distinctive approach which has earned recognition through a series of recent competition successes and commissions, which have allowed ideas to be tested and developed. PUP has recently been shortlisted for the second Dulwich Pavilion at Sir John Soane's Dulwich Picture Gallery, winning the public's vote. In 2017, the practice won the inaugural Antepavilion competition run by the Architecture Foundation, resulting in H-VAC - an entirely self-built rooftop structure made from timber and recycled Tetrapak. The practice is currently involved with the refurbishment of a city farm; a house for an artist/astrologer and a digital wellbeing centre for a hospital.
About the series
Throughout his lifetime, architect, collector and professor Sir John Soane transformed his home at Lincoln’s Inn Fields to accommodate multiple audiences and activities. Soane’s architectural cabinet of curiosities was at once a museum, an office, a home and a school, and each of these utilities can be felt within its rooms today. With Soane’s multifaceted building at the make/shift series’ core, curators, collaborators and designers will discuss the ways in which they use/reuse locations, inhabit/occupy workspaces and manoeuvre/manipulate their own homes in London and across the globe. Make/Shift at the Soane invites the creatives who are forging a career within a fluctuating urban landscape, and changing its psychical and cultural topography as they go.
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