London Festival of Architecture and Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects launch design competition for City of London


The Building Site, LFA Installation 2018 © Luke O’Donovan 


The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (WCCA) have launched a new design competition, inviting architects, engineers, designers, and artists to build a striking temporary pavilion in the City of London that will challenge perceptions of sustainable living and invite conversations about how we can tackle the climate crisis in building, and in everyday life.


In the context of a global climate crisis, and the acute energy crisis facing the United Kingdom this year, there has never been a more pressing time to examine how our homes could be better designed or altered to cope with these issues and to propose new ways in which we heat, power, build or behave within these spaces.


The competition invites entrants to explore innovative ways to address the impact of buildings on the environment through their design for a pioneering pavilion which combines new thinking in architecture with advanced technologies and could act as a prototype for building future homes.


The competition is in line with the WCCA and LFA’s shared commitment to supporting the Mayor of London’s ambition to make London a net zero carbon city by 2030, presented in the City of London’s Climate Action Strategy, which has been a major catalyst for the project. The temporary structure will be installed on a site within London’s Square Mile during the summer of 2023, coinciding with the London Festival of Architecture 2023 and the Ecocity World Summit (6-8 June), and be exhibited to the public throughout the summer.


The winning team will be revealed in December 2022 and, subject to additional fundraising, will be awarded a build budget up to £200,000 + VAT (including design fee) to develop a fully costed, feasible design to be installed in Summer 2023. The fundraising for the build budget for this project is ongoing, therefore delivery to the timescale indicated in the brief is subject to completion.


The pavilion, which will be installed for three months, is likely to welcome more than 100,000 visitors and could be relocated to other cities as part of a touring programme.


Interested applicants are invited to submit their proposals via this link by midday on Wednesday 30 November. Information for applicants is available at





Rosa Rogina, Director of London Festival of Architecture, said:

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the WCCA on this design competition which invites experimental solutions to address issues of sustainability in our homes. Impelled by the global climate crisis, it has never felt more pressing to offer opportunities for established and emerging talent to put forward their ideas for how we can create more sustainable and resilient homes for the future and contribute to the City of London’s Climate Action Strategy. We expect this structure to inspire and motivate thousands of visitors at a key moment in London’s calendar, coinciding with the LFA 2023 and Ecocity World Summit next summer.”


Chris Dyson, Master of the WCCA and Founder of Chris Dyson Architects, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for a new or emerging artist or designer to bring something truly remarkable to the historic centre of London. We’re looking for originality, creativity and consideration of the context of the site, and are very much looking forward to seeing the proposals that come through from the talent that this city boasts. The historical grandeur of the city itself combined with the forward-thinking nature of the pavilion creates an opportunity for a lasting installation that will truly leave its mark on Londoners and visitors.”

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