King’s Cross Takes Part For The First Time In London Design Festival As An Official Design District

For the first time ever, King’s Cross, London’s hottest postcode and newest shopping destination is set to become a design district in the London Design Festival. A slew of exhibitions, events, workshops and performances are set to be housed in the area, the majority of which focus on sustainability and education.

Alongside the exhibitions, workshops and events, Coal Drops Yard will be home to a festival commissioned landmark Project by Martino Gamper; a playful temporary addition to the King’s Cross architecture.

To celebrate this, Coal Drops Yard has become the home to a special festival commission called ‘Disco Carbonara’ by Martino Gamper;  a one-off site-specific installation designed as a playful temporary addition to the area in the form of a false façade of a disco with a fresh take on traditional cladding from the Italian Alps.

Gamper’s concept is designed as a getaway within Coal Drop’s Yard and is inspired by the concept of a Potemkin village. The term comes from stories of a fake portable village built to impress Empress Catherine II by her lover Grigory Potemkin during the journey to Crimea 1787.

The structure will have a low environmental impact, with all materials being either waste products, recycled or later repurposed.


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