Graduate Architecture

Posted November 19, 2019
  • "Peekaboo" by Portia Malik on view in London

    Image by Luke O’Donovan

Portia Malik Wins London Festival of Architecture Contest

Former student Portia Malik is one of five winners in the London Festival of Architecture’s contest to design a series of £1,500 benches across the Royal Docks in London’s East End.

The Pews & Perches competition called for a “fun and creative place to sit, rest, and play.”

Portia’s project, Peekaboo, is located at the dock edge in front of The Crystal:

“With the increasing popularity of open water swimming in the Royal Docks, Peekaboo is a playful seated changing space for swimmers, providing privacy when changing in and out of wetsuits. The sweeping freestyle stroke-inspired arm enclosures envelope and structurally support the users, while also incorporating hooks for a towel.”

Peekaboo will be on site for a year. Judges included LFA director Tamsie Thompson, Dan Bridge of the Royal Docks Team and David Ogunmuyiwa, principal at ArchitectureDoingPlace.