Architects: Studio Weave
Location: London, UK
To mark the location of the historic Aldgate – where Chaucer lived from 1374-1386 – an intricate timber ‘paleys upon pilers’ (palace on pillars) has been commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects as its contribution to the games celebrations.
The installation, Paleys Upon Pilers, secured temporary Planning Permission on Friday May 4th, will officially open on Friday the 27th July 2012 and will remain in place throughout the summer. Created by the young, award-winning architects, Studio Weave, the construction will also mark the start of High Street 2012, the direct route from the City of London to the games site at Stratford.
The New Aldgate is supported by the City Property Advisory Team (CPAT) and eight other Worshipful livery Companies and will be built from sustainable British Larch supplied by BSW Timber and is sponsored by 4C Hotels Ltd.
Sir Michael Bear, former Lord Mayor of London and President of the London Festival of Architecture says:
As a ward member for the area I am delighted that this elegant structure will provide a focus and identity for this area which is undergoing major regeneration.
Peter Murray, founder director of the London Festival of Architecture and Court assistant to the Worshipful company of Chartered Architects says:
This is a delightfully evocative design that brings a contemporary clarity to the eastern fringe of the Square Mile. The old Aldgate was designed to keep people out; Studio Weave’s design welcomes visitors from around the world who will be visiting London this summer.