2018 – Top 5 London Architecture Events

January 2018

1. Architecture on Film: O.M.A. Rem Koolhaas



Starts: 04:00pm, Sunday, 14 January 2018
Until: 12:30pm, Saturday, 20 January 2018

Ten years after setting up OMA with Madelon Vriesendorp and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis, the practice had still not built anything – despite major and widely reported conceptual experiments, competition entries and as yet unrealised commissions.

In a black room, lit by the bulb of the slide-projector, Rem presents his early provocative projects, including the Berlin Wall-inspired Exodus (1972), the fable of the Floating Swimming Pool (1978), and the satirical Welfare Palace Hotel (1975-6). Over models and drawings, Rem then talks us candidly through his intense design work, and multiple setbacks, on OMA’s first commissions, such as The Netherlands Dance Theatre and urban planning for Amsterdam Noord, none of which had yet been realised.

The rigor of Rem’s thinking takes centre stage, mirrored through Cornelis’ editing, forming a guide to Koolhaas as the architect of a radical “intellectual multinational”.


Sunday 14 January, 4.00pm [SOLD OUT]
Saturday 20 January, 12.30pm [Extra screening]

Standard £12 
Members £9.60
Young Barbican £5
Concessions £11
Under 18s £6

Cinema 2
Barbican, Beech Street,
London EC2Y 8AE


2. King’s Cross Renaissance 


20 January 2018
10:00 – 12:30
Tour duration: 2.5-3 hours
Organized by: Open City

A walking tour of the King’s Cross area, Europe’s largest city centre regeneration scheme. A combination of 20 historic and 30 new buildings set in new streets, squares and parks, the development is a 25 year project creating a new place and piece of city in an area once neglected.

Your guide is Maggie Baddeley is a senior associate director at NLP, a town planning, economics and design consultancy based at King’s Cross.

Meeting point: At the base of the roof structure, directly outside the ticket office: Western Concourse of King’s Cross station
(as shown in the image)
King’s Cross Station, Euston Road
N1 9AL



3. Building Britain’s Ideal


When? 16 January 19:00 – 20:30
Organized by: RIBA
Venue: RIBA
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place

For this discussion, architects, developers, planners and heritage consultants will consider the enduring value of building in historic styles: is the pseudo-Georgian style an homage, a pastiche, or a real crowd-pleaser?

A candid discussion around architectural authenticity, artifice, value and meaning within the context of contemporary building.

This is part of the season of talks accompanying the exhibition in the Architecture Gallery, Pablo Bronstein: Conservatism, or The Long Reign of Pseudo-Georgian Architecture.

Buy tickets 
£6.50 – £9.50


Sarah Barlondo is the Founder and Editor in Chief at Mood Board Magazine. An entrepreneur and devoted activist, she studied Architecture at Parsons, School of Design and Journalism+Politics at The New School in New York. She founded Access New in New York, the first student coalition for students with disabilities. Sarah Barlondo is now based in London where she studied at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture and is now completing her Architecture degree at Central Saint Martins.