The Gingerbread City® 2019

The Gingerbread City® is an annual exhibition where architects, designers and engineers create an entire city made of gingerbread. The aim of the exhibition is to connect the public with architecture through an innovative display designed for the holiday season. The exhibition raises money to support the Museum of Architecture as a charity and helps to create programming, exhibitions and events.

2019’s event raised funds towards the Museum of Architecture’s Grant Giving Fund which launched in Spring 2020 to support architectural entrepreneurship and public engagement.

It was an absolute pleasure bringing The Gingerbread City® to life again in December. The exhibition space was buzzing with people thinking about cities and the built environment. As well as being able to award research grants to the practices responsible for the top three buildings, the popularity of Gingerbread City® has enabled us to set up a grant-giving fund this year. This new fund will allow MoA to support new projects which help people to create better places and communities, and enable the public to better engage with architecture.

Melissa Woolford, Founder and Director of
   Museum of Architecture

Our big thank you to all the visitors and participants for making the 2019 exhibition a success!

Over 31,000 visited and more than 10,000 votes were cast during the Gingerbread City® 2019 exhibition at the Somerset House.

Here are the top three favourites as voted by the visitors to the exhibition:   

Gingernut Cracker Ballet’ by Charcoalblue

 ‘Fruitcake Club’ by Allies and Morrison

‘Oxford Circus’ by Arup Architects

‘Gingernut Cracker Ballet’, created by theatre design company Charcoalblue, is the overall public’s favourite. It was inspired by the theatrical innovations of the Victorian age, and featured a rotating carousel and multiple panes of colourful ‘sugar glass’. In second place is ‘Fruitcake Club’ by Allies and Morrison and in third place is ‘Oxford Circus’ by Arup Architects.

The practices of the top three buildings will each receive a cash prize from the MoA to enable them to establish or continue a research project.

Charcoalblue will use the £1000 winner’s prize to continue to fund its research into accessibility and inclusivity in performing arts venues.
Allies and Morrison will use their £500 prize to research new ways to improve material sustainability in their in-house model shop.
Arup Architects will be putting their £250 prize towards their on-going ‘Streets of the Future’ research. 

Speaking about the research fund, Elena Giakoumaki from Charcoalblue, said: “At Charcoalblue we are passionate about accessibility and inclusivity in the performing arts. This timely prize from the Museum of Architecture will assist us in our next phase of research to better understand the breadth of accessibility requirements for those who are physically, visually, aurally or mentally impaired.”

Our Sponsors for the Gingerbread City® 2019 included

And supporters

2019 Participants Included
[Y/N] Studio
4M Group
Alex Cochrane Architects
Allies and Morrison
Amos Goldreich Architecture
Artificial Kreativity
Arup Architects
Ashton Architecture
Assael Architecture
AtelierWest/Jensen Hunt Design
Baily Garner
BBUK Studio
Bennetts Associates
BM3 Architecture
BPR Architects
Burwell Architects
Carta Nova – Architecture & Beyond & Jennifer Nursiah
Chapman Taylor
Chris Dyson Architects
Civic Engineers 
Claydon Reeves
Coffey Architects
Darling Associates
Design International 
Eckersley O’Callaghan 
EVA Studio 
Fereday Pollard 
Finkernagel Ross 
Forge Architects

Fuse Architects
Glenn Howells Architects
Graphic Structures 
GRID Architects 
Grimshaw Architects
Haworth Tompkins
Hildrey Studio
HKS Architects
Holland Harvey
HONE: Architecture & Design
Hopkins Architects
Horden Cherry Lee Architects
Hynes-Laitt Studio
IPT Architects
Jas Bhalla Architects
Jestico + Whiles
Johanna Molineus Architects
KC+A Architects
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Lee Evans Partnerships
LOM Architecture + Design
LSI Architects
MAAPS Design & Architecture
Manser Practice
Matteo Cainer Architecture
Michaelis Boyd Associates
native north architects
Nick Baker Architects
nimtim architects
PBA (now part of Stantec) 
Penoyre & Prasad 
Peter Dann London – Structural 
& Civil Engineers 

​PHASE3 Architecture + Thinking + Design
Pilbrow & Partners
Pitman Tozer Architects
PLP Architecture
Probyn Miers
Proctor & Matthews Architects
Sheppard Robson
Simple Works
Sketch Architects
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Spaced Out
Stanhope PLC
Stride Treglown
Studio Partington
Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design
Townshend Landscape Architects
tp bennett
Turner Works
Type3 Studio
Tyréns UK
UHA London
Universal Design Studio
urban mesh architects

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