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Parliament Studios by Peter Davies
Abingdon Street Gardens are a popular strip of grass in Westminster, London, where TV news crews regularly conduct interviews with politicians, with the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament. However, Parliament is undergoing restoration. The iconic facades of Parliament could be covered in scaffolding for a prolonged period of time as the painstaking restoration takes place. Therefore, what will happen to this popular interview spot? ‘Parliament Studios’ proposes temporary news studios, which superimpose scaled reconstructed fragments on top of parts of the façade that are covered by scaffolding. The reconstructed fragments can be reassembled/ reconfigured according to the parts of Parliament that are covered by the restoration work. From the point of view of the TV camera, it becomes difficult to establish what is reconstructed and what is real. However, the illusion and scale of the recreated facades is broken when people in the background appear to suddenly emerge from behind the facades, revealing the true reality.
Name: Peter Davies
Project name: Parliament Studios
University: Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London
Course and Year: BSc Architecture, Year 3