Forest Road
Sept - Dec 2017
Partners: U+I

Sideshow was an offsite pop up installation, located opposite Blackhorse Road station and commissioned by property developer U+I. It was located on the former site of the Associated Equipment Company Factory, whose prototypes inspired the design of London’s iconic Routemaster bus. The vision was to create a family friendly space that referenced the making heritage of the site, and that could be used as a venue to deliver events, practical making activities and showcase members’ designs from the workshop. It also housed a coffee station and bar on weekend evenings.

The workshop teamed up with young architectural practice Ehk! to design and build a structure that was constructed by workshop members. Visitors were invited to get ‘hands on’ with a large interactive marble run, built from London bus components that weaved its way around the site.

The venue was also an opportunity to showcase makers’ products from the workshop. Exhibitions were curated by studio member Katie Fotis including The Sounds of Summer, Makers Movements and a Christmas themed show Makers Presents which included playful props to help with present indecision. Working with local and wider London cultural partners, we hosted artist film screenings with Film & Video Umbrella, a debate with local architecture collective Matzine, a performance with dance troupe MovE17, and a music night with the Wheel Up Sound System.  Public making workshops were hosted by guest designers including Rhonda Drakeford, and our own members for adults and children.

Click here to watch the Marble Run in action

Marble Run created by Toby Poolman, filmed by Immaters