Atlas of the Unbuilt World: UK Architectural Showcase

New exhibition will showcase the future of architecture 

Live 3D printing will give architects, students and designers the chance to realize models of their work

The British Council today announced details of Atlas of the Unbuilt World, an international exhibition for the London Festival of Architecture 2013 that will open at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Royal Ear Hospital, on 7 June. Designed by Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio, the exhibition will showcase architectural models of future projects from around the globe by some of the most by exciting practices and emerging studios working today. As part of the exhibition a 3D printer will live-print submissions for a week at the venue; giving architects, students and designers the chance to submit their work.


Atlas of the Unbuilt World will provide a snap-shot of the future of architecture hosting over 60 models, from 40 countries. Projects on display will include a new museum planned for Troy, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, by Yalin Mimarlik Architects (Turkey); a prototype floating school earmarked for Lagos by NLE (Nigeria); and a masterplan for Kiruna a mining town that will literally move location brick by brick over the next 30 years due to subsidence by White Arkitekter (Sweden). The projects have been nominated by international experts including architects, academics and writers and representatives from London’s embassies and cultural institutes.

In addition, architects practicing both in the UK and internationally are encouraged to submit their work to an unprecedented live 3D printing project run by London based agency 3Dpeasy. An open call via twitter #boteAtlas has launched and full instructions can be found on and the 3Dpeasy website. There is a fee of £150 per project that will go towards the cost of the printing and shipping to the participants and visitors will be able to witness the process live.


Projects include:
Turkey Troy Museum Yalin Mimarlik Architects
The archaeological site of Troy is one of UNESCO's world heritage sites, crucial to ourunderstanding of history, from the time of Homer to World War I. The Museum of Troy will be reminiscent of an excavated artefact, with visitors entering on axis with the ruined city and descending along a 12 metre wide ramp before emerging into a circulation band. Slits in the façades will offer choreographed glimpses of the landscape and ruins as the rust red, earth coloured structure ascends towards a transparent roof and panoramic terrace.

Nigeria Lagos Water Community NLE
This project sets about to deal with the impact of rapid urbanisation, rising sea levels, and lack of available building land in Africa’s largest city, Lagos. Following on from the success of the Makoko Floating School Lagos Water Community aims to introduce a new and sustainable architecture to Nigeria with buildings constructed from wood that float on readily available plastic barrels. The school will be naturally cooled and ventilated, collecting energy through solar cells and rain water through a catchment system.

Croatia Zagreb Airport -New Passenger Terminal IGH d.d, Kincl Ltd and Neidhardt Arhitekti Ltd

Beating off competition from Norman Foster and Shigeru Ban amongst others in a 2008 competition, IGH d.d, Kincl Ltd and Neidhardt Arhitekti Ltd’s design radiates out to its urban surroundings and is designed to position Zagreb as the new gateway to South-Eastern Europe. The glass walled building can rely totally on solar power in the event of an emergency and will serve close to 1 million in the Croatian capital.

Jordan Gateway to Petra Maisam Architects & Engineers

Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, attracts countless tourists every year. The gate, which is under construction, will streamline the movement of visitors in and out of the city, blending with the desert landscape by carving into the rocks to reveal walls and planes of different heights, lengths and directions.

Norway Vøringfossen Waterfall Area Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
With a fall of 182 metres including a 145 metre sheer drop, this footbridge project, designed by the award winning architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, will connect the paths surrounding the ravine, forming a dramatic flight of stairs spanning 42 metres. The bridge will be a light lattice construction of sandblasted, acid-resistant steel, which, with its dull, metallic surface, will reflect the nuances of the daylight, the weather and the mountain walls surrounding the installation. The different units are light enough to allow assembly using a helicopter and climbers, requiring no extensive scaffolding.

A series of events and workshops will accompany the exhibition exploring these and other issues. An exhibition publication, edited by Rob Gregory, Associate Editor of the Architectural Review and Programme Manager at Bristol Architecture Centre, will examine the projects in depth and analyse the function, use and meaning of architectural models.

Vicky Richardson, Director Architecture, Design, Fashion, British Council, said: “We wanted to bring a snapshot of the future of architecture from around the world to London for the Architecture Festival showing real and ambitious projects that are almost complete or partially realised. New technology is changing the way architects use model-making in the design process and hopefully by having a 3D printer as part of the exhibition we’ll get a chance to witness this at first hand.”


Notes to Editors:

Atlas of the Unbuilt World

  • Exhibition at The Bartlett School of Architecture, Royal Ear Hospital, Huntley Street/Capper Street , WC1E 6AP
  • Opening reception 7 June, 18.00 – 20.30 By Invitation
  • 7-27 June 2013; Monday-Saturday 10:00-18:00 & Sunday 12:00-17:00
  • Participating countries also include Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Indonesia, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa and Taiwan.

Exhibition Design
The exhibition design utilizes common construction materials, scaffold pole, debris netting and printed building wrap netting; Universal materials that will be supporting the upcoming construction of most of the projects on show. The 68 models submitted by 40 countries are placed across a field of nearly 100 scaffold pole tripods. The tripods are placed in a loose grid through which the visitor can journey from north to south and east to west.  One leg per is dipped in paint and marked with the project’s global coordinate. Layers of white debris netting filters light into the space and provide the backdrop for a slide show of associated project imagery. A set of scaffold pole tripod stools have seats stitched from recycled printed ‘building wrap’ netting and can be unfolded for talks, events or discussions during the exhibition.

Event Programme

  • Accompanying talks, debates and special events
  • Meet the Architects Evenings (10th & 11th June). A chance to meet some of the architects involved in the exhibition and hear about their projects
  • During the week of the 17th June we will be hosting 3Dpeasy a London-based 3D printing agency ( who will be live printing projects during exhibition opening hours, Events during the week will focus on model-making and will include an ‘in conversation’ event between architects and model makers, an interactive evening focussing on 3D printing and an architectural modelling workshops for families, students and architecture professionals

For more information about the British Council contact:

Mary Doherty, Arts Press Officer, 0207 389 3144 /


London Festival of Architecture
In 2013 LFA will become an annual, month-long and citywide exploration of London’s built environment; investigating the importance of architecture and design in London’s success and celebrating the city’s role as a global hub of architectural experimentation, thinking, learning and practice. Many festivals celebrate history, cultural activities and human achievements. The London Festival of Architecture, established in 2004, does all this but also actively promotes positive change and improvement in the city’s public realm.

Taking place 1-30 June 2013, LFA will be a ‘time for architecture’ in the city and will incorporate a programme by invited Festival Partners from leading architectural and cultural institutions in order to harness and to link the enormous energy inherent in the London scene. A rich and varied programme organised by independent actors, such as individual practices and artists will be promoted as the London Festival of Architecture Fringe.


The British Council

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.  Our 7000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes.  We earn over 75% of our annual turnover of nearly £700 million from services which customers pay for, education and development contracts we bid for and from partnerships. A UK Government grant provides the remaining 25%.  We match every £1 of core public funding with over £3 earned in pursuit of our charitable purpose.



The Bartlett School of Architecture
The Bartlett School of Architecture was established at University College London in 1841 and is now one of the world's most exciting architecture schools. Its name stands for provocative ideas, boundary-pushing research and high-achieving lecturers and students. Well known for its rigorous, innovative and experimental approach to architecture, the School attracts staff and students worldwide. Alumni of School include the directors, partners and founders of some of the most successful architecture practices in the world today, as well as artists, filmmakers, historians, writers, policy-makers, journalists and politicians  As part of UCL’s global Faculty of the Built Environment, The Bartlett offers a vibrant centre of exchange for the built environment, acting as an academic, cultural and professional hub where leading research is announced and discussed, lively debates are hosted and encouraged, and innumerable exhibitions, conferences, public talks, screenings and other events all take place.

Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio
Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio is a London based Architecture and Design studio working internationally with projects ranging from buildings to installations, exhibitions, and products. Pernilla Ohrstedt recently completed the celebrated Coca-Cola Beatbox Pavilion for the Olympic park and the Future Memory Pavilion in Singapore for the British Council and the Royal Academy of Arts in collaboration with Asif Khan. In 2012 the studio was selected from many hundred submissions for the shortlist of Cadogan Café competition. The proposal was a unique fusion between architecture and planting in collaboration with landscape designer Sarah Price. The studio also completed a backdrop and set of hair combs for Antipodium’s Catwalk for London Fashion week selected for Wallpaper’s Design Awards. Clients and collaborators include Coca-Cola, Colette, The Architecture Foundation, The Royal Academy of Arts, The British Council, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Mark Ronson, Canada Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale and fashion houses DAKS and Antipodium.

3Dpeasy is a 3-d printing company based in Clerkenwell London .Their Mission is to explore technology in relation to design and new modes of production with a particular interest in advanced manufacturing. At present they are concentrating and experimenting with the production and creation of 3-d color models.Since its inception 3Dpeasy has worked with many prestigious companies ranging from architects, to advertising agencies and also research institution and universities.