space gap pavilion at LDF 2018 explores the housing crisis in london, by unknown works

space gap pavilion at LDF 2018 explores the housing crisis in london, by unknown works

‘space gap’ pavilion at LDF 2018 by unknown works in collaboration with hildrey studio explores the disparity of space allocation in london. a take on the ‘wealth gap’, the project seeks to address the social divide created by the current housing crisis.



for the london design festival 2018 from 19th – 22nd september, space gap manifested as a pavilion and events programme where design and social issues, ranging from homelessness to ghost mansions, were addressed through talks, debates, film screenings and in the immersive design of the pavilion itself. the project takes a holistic view of this complex debate. by raising awareness, the project asks fundamental questions in order to find sustainable solutions; the foremost being – ‘who has the right to space in the city?’

space gap by unknown works in collaboration with hildrey studio explores the disparity of space allocation in London
photo by tom underwood



set in front of kensington olympia, the pavilion is an open forum, set within a three-dimensional spatial diagram formed from scaled representations taken from true stories of inhabitation found throughout london compared against existing space standards. it is both a representation and commentary on the absurd division of space allocation in london. it lays bare the appalling contrast in size, quality, and density of occupation between the largest of homes and the smallest of spaces that people are forced to endure.


project info:


design & build: unknown works

events programme: unknown works and hildrey studio

crowdfunding: unknown works

arts council national lottery project grant: hildrey studio

structural overview: structuremode

funding: origin housing, arts council england, crowdfunding

support team: annabel bligh, rupert elmes, kenzo ejiri, naomi games, peter greenwood, jacob haddad, clare reid, alexandra reid, sally hayes, tom underwood, michelle young, chris blackford, sophie elisabeth morris


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: maria erman | designboom

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