Alternative History

2A+P/A, Alternative History, 2019 – Model by modelab – Photo by Giulio Aleandri

On 23 March, Alternative History exhibition, curated by Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld, in collaboration with Drawing Matter and the Architecture Foundation, will open in London. We had been invited among more than 80 contemporary practices in the UK and Europe to imagine an exchange with architects from the past. Each office was assigned a different drawing from the collection of Drawing Matter. The architects were then tasked with making a model that not only responded to what they saw, but envisioned an alternative future for the original drawing while adhering to the constraints of the project: although comprising different materials and scales, the models had to be transportable, and their footprints had to fit within the surface area of the historic drawings.

Click here to see a full list of participating architects and studios, and the models and drawings as they emerge.


6 Cork Street, Mayfair
Open Saturdays and Sundays only 11am–6pm;
private view, and opening colloquium, 23 March, 2pm