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Dream Isle London – The City

Dreamlike Architecture design by CJ Lim/Studio 8 Architects

10 Dec 2008

Dream Isle

Design: CJ Lim/Studio 8 Architects

Images: CJ Lim/Studio 8 Architects

Dream Isle London

London is a city and cities are alive. They breathe, they grow, they spawn, they die and they dream. This is London’s dream.

Dream Isle London

Feeding on the memories of its visitors and cosmopolitan populace, London’s dreams traverse icons such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Primrose Hill, Trafalgar Square and the green courts of Wimbledon, but not as we know them. In these dreams, the city itself is the protagonist.

Dream Isle

Causality and reason drift through the gargantuan proscenium windows of Buckingham Palace and across the roving kaleidoscope of the realm’s ancient mounds of tea and baked sponge. The denizens of the Dream Isle comprise puffed-up swans borne on sedans and an anarchic monarchy circled by Members of Parliament (appropriately dressed in shark costumes), while a skein of magpies unfurls the British Museum, daily revealing their horde of sequestered treasure.

Dream Isle Proposal

Dreams, like cities, shape us and are shaped by us. Architects would have us believe that the edifices that make up the city are immutable and solid, monuments to their designers’ immortality. They are not. In both London’s imaginings and reality, landmarks and events assume shifting magnitude and significance, constructing distorted maps of desire and experience.

Narrative obeys no logic as London searches for an ever-changing identity imprinted by its waking life. Time, scale and relationships become fluid, and the city is forever on the brink of the strangely familiar and the familiarly strange.

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Architecture Exhibitions – 2008:

CJ Lim / Studio 8 Architects are showing in Tokyo at:

The architecture practice is showing simultaneously in three exhibitions in Tokyo in December.

Art Front Gallery Tokyo, 5 – 21 Dec 2008, curators: Toyo Ito and Sir Peter Cook
Group exhibition featuring 15 architects from 15 countries. CJ Lim is representing the UK.
The exhibition is supported by the Daiwa Foundation, Japan Foundation, European Commission and Embassies of the European Union support the exhibition.

Tokyo Design Centre, 8 – 20 Dec 2008, Curators: Professor Tetsuo Furuichi
Group exhibition featuring 20 architects from 12 countries contributing to environmental and ecological sustainability. The exhibition is supported by the Japan Institute of Architects, and the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

Nanyodo Gallery, 8 – 27 Dec 2008, Curators: CJ Lim and Souhei Imamura
Solo exhibition of a specially commissioned project about London.

Studio 8 Architects’ website: www.cjlim-studio8.com

Location: London, England, UK

London Buildings

Contemporary London Architecture

London Architecture Designs – chronological list

Architecture Tours in London by e-architect

London Architecture Offices – architectural firm listings

London Architecture

Spire London Docklands Tower
Design: HOK, Architects
Spire London Docklands skyscraper building
image from architect
Spire London Docklands Tower

Tokyo Architects

University College London

London Olympic Buildings
Design: various architects

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