Artist Simon Fujiwara has been commissioned by The Architecture Foundation to design a temporary pavilion housing architecture exhibitions for the London Festival of Architecture. The exhibition space will be no ordinary white cube gallery: on the site of a former homeless shelter nestled under a railway arch, the pavilion takes the form of a giant built-in closet - an urban cabinet of curiosities - based on the designs of the artist's childhood bedroom wardrobe.
Complete with oversized opening doors, movable shelves and drawers, the gallery mimics the rational 'filling-in' of awkward spaces such as under-stair cupboards in the home, but at an urban scale. In fact, the closet will resemble its domestic counterpart in every way except for its contents - a changing series of exhibitions by architects curated by The Architecture Foundation to run over the summer period. The closet will be designed so that each exhibiting architect can reconfigure the interior to suit its purposes. Visitors can access the wardrobe with a key available on request in the reception of the Union Gallery adjacent to the site.