Matt Bloomfield and Tom Ferm at the Royal Academy Summer Show
Two talented members of the practice have work in the Architecture Room at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Part Two Tom Ferm’s piece is a conceptual model for a proposed development on a narrow plot of land at the corner of Kensington Gore and Prince Consort Road in west London. It imagines an appropriate end-piece building to the stunning Albert Hall Mansions designed by Richard Norman Shaw in the 1870s. The hand-sculpted poplar model of the tower subtly illustrates the opportunities and constraints of the site which have shaped its eventual form.
Matt Bloomfield, also a Part Two at the practice, had his thesis project – ‘The parliamentary campus of God’s own country’ – at the University of Sheffield selected for the exhibition. His proposal for a new parliament for an independent Yorkshire brings together spaces for parliamentary debate, commerce and leisure, including a greyhound track and pub, as well as accommodation for MPs. The mixture of uses forms a critique of access to representative democracy and the political process, offering a tongue and cheek reflection on populism and empty rhetoric. Matt’s model was identified as the most outstanding submission to the architecture gallery. He has been presented with the Turkish Ceramics Grand Award for Architecture, which includes a £10,000 honorarium.
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition runs until 19 August.