Building an entire city out of gingerbread may sound like a half-baked idea…
…but when it’s constructed by architects & engineers gathered together by the Museum of Architecture, and housed within a beautiful – but nevertheless inedible – townhouse in Knightsbridge, it’s actually pretty impressive.
This will be the fifth year that the Gingerbread City has been constructed, and this year’s theme is Nature and the City. The idea is to show off new concepts, and imagine new ways that architecture could allow biodiversity to flourish in urban areas – by testing it out in gingerbread form first. There’ll be over 100 eager architects, engineers and designers putting their baking prowess to good use to construct elaborate, show-stopping spiced dwellings on a huge, multi-tiered installation. Expect lollipop lamps, candyfloss clouds, and caramel cars. Previously, they’ve even created models of the Battersea Power Station, the Tate Modern, and Somerset House.
Last year, a tidy 40,000 people saw the show, and this time around they’re expecting even more. Surely it’s only a matter of time before someone snaps, and, well, snaps off some gingerbread. And if you want to get involved? You can sign up to one of their workshops (£40), where they’ll be walking you through how to construct and design your own sugary shack.
Which is really the icing on top.
NOTE: The Gingerbread City is on show from 4th December 2021 until 9th January 2022. Entry costs £8.50, and you can get your ticket right HERE.
The Gingerbread City | 6-7 Motcomb Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 8JU
Main image: Luke Hayes
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