Now in its sixth year, we have unveiled our 2019 Christmas Window. This year’s design places 24 of the practice’s buildings in an imagined new architectural composition facing bustling Southwark Street.

The installation builds on the idea of a capriccio, whereby real elements such as recognisable buildings are composed in a fictional combination, featuring a range of buildings from the recently completed 100 Bishopsgate in the City of London to projects afar such as Doha’s Diwan Amiri Quarter to produce a rich and varied landscape.

The design was developed by our Matt Bloomfield, whose choice of corrugated cardboard as the primary material takes a seemingly humble material and elevates its worth through careful craftsmanship, but always with an eye on how easy it is to recycle afterwards.

All buildings are represented through elevation models that focus on the scale and rhythm of their facades. By stripping away their materiality, the composition and careful proportion of the chosen projects come into focus.

The warm lighting hung from a timber frame brings warmth and atmosphere to the displayed architectural form. All the lighting is demountable and will be retained for future use.

Previous Allies and Morrison Christmas Windows have dressed the studio’s characteristic yellow fins in red fabric, which were re-purposed as tote bags afterwards or have redesigned architectural plans into snowflakes. All concepts are fabricated with the help of the practice’s in-house modelshop.


Projects featured: 67 Southwark Street, 100 Bishopsgate, Abbey Mills Pumping Station, Arts and Humanities Building – Manchester Metropolitan University, Ash Court (Girton College, Cambridge), BBC Concert Studios, Blue Fin Building, Dancy House at Marlborough College, Diwan Amiri Quarter, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, Gillender Street, Glasshouse Gardens, Hale Wharf, Horniman Museum, Keybridge, Kings College School Wimbledon, London College of Fashion, Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at King’s College London, Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub at Imperial College London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Bridges, South Place Hotel, Two St Pancras Square, and West Hendon.