Buildings in Focus: the story of 81-87 Weston Street

Join Simon Allford and Roger Zogolovitch at Sir John Soane’s Museum to discuss 81-87 Weston Street, a contemporary mansion block designed for 21st century living in the heart of Southwark.

Recreating the informality of design development meetings between developer Zogolovitch (Solidspace) and architect Allford (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris), this talk brings the two together in conversation to explore how this carefully crafted building responds to and contributes to London’s vernacular. The talk will be chaired by Owen Hopkins, Senior Curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum, followed by a short Q&A and drinks reception. The evening will launch ‘Collected Volumes’ (Fifth Man), a new publication that tells the story of 81-87 Weston Street, featuring essays by Allford, Zogolovitch and writers Alan Powers, Hank Dittmar and Owen Hopkins.

81-87 Weston Street is the most recent iteration in a strand of thinking which has lasted almost fifteen years. Working within the constraints of urban brownfield plots and guided by a belief that, by placing volume at the centre of the design, living spaces which are modest in plan can become extraordinary in experience. Solidspace has explored split-section living across a range of building scales with a growing circle of architects. The building is the product of slow development, arrived at through an engaged and active dialogue between the commissioning client, Roger Zogolovitch and architect, Simon Allford. Ten years in the making has allowed the finished building to be crafted rather than constructed.

Tickets include a copy of ‘Collected Volumes’, access to Sir John Soane’s Museum after hours and drinks reception.

The talk will take place in the Library Dining Room. Doors will open at 6:30pm to allow guests to view the current exhibition, ‘The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture’.


June 18, 2018

18:30 - 21:00

Admission: £25 / £15 students

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Image: Weston Street exterior Image credit: Rory Gardiner


Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC2A 3BP

+ 44 (0) 20 7405 2107

We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-Century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on or 020 7405 2107.