Exhibition preview: Oman, Modernism and the Dulwich Picture Gallery

As we begin the new year, Allies and Morrison’s 85 Southwark Street gallery space will kick off 2017 with a busy season of exhibitions.

In January, we will be exploring our work in Oman on the ambitious masterplan for a new district for the capital, Muscat. For the first time, a number of drawings, sketches, models and visual material will be displayed. Following this, a second exhibition, entitled Falaj: Water Systems of the Gulf Oases, will place Irfan into a regional and ecological context. The exhibition is an evolution of the Official Presentation of the United Arab Emirates at the 2016 London Design Biennial and has been curated and co-organised by Cultural Engineering / Brownbook.

In February, we will turn our focus to London, exploring two seminal buildings attributed to the mid-century architect Robert Matthew – the Commonwealth Institute (now the Design Museum) and Royal Festival Hall. Both Modernist landmarks have been transformed by Allies and Morrison, now given new life in the 21st century. Later on in March, we plan to hold our second installation of drawings from the drawing skills workshops we sponsor at the Dulwich Picture Gallery with schools in our home borough of Southwark. By the time April comes around, things will then get techie as we explore BIM, 3d and virtual reality in a display curated with our in-house technical team.

Situated in the heart of Bankside, a short 5 minute walk from the Tate Modern, our 85 Southwark Street explores the context within which our work is set – an intersection of building, city and visual culture. We regularly invite the public in to view our exhibitions, which are listed in the London Architecture Diary.