100% Design Central Bar

Earls Court, London

The design for the Central Bar at the 100% Design exhibition, Earl Court, was the winning entry in an invited competition curated by The Architecture Foundation and 100% Design

The design proposed a unique bar area that can reconfigure itself daily and hourly. Through a system of moving and suspended props, or “architectural characters”, falling curtains and changeable lighting evolved the central bar into a multifunctional space.

Project Team

Collaborating on the project were theatre consultants Charcoal Blue and Arup Engineers.

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Matthew Butcher is an academic and designer. He is Associate Professor in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and editor and founder of the architectural newspaper P.E.A.R.: Paper for Emerging Architectural Research. His work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum, London; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; The Architecture Foundation, London and the Prague Quadrennial, Prague.

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