Thursday, 2 August 2012

Studio Weave's tribute to Chaucer in Aldgate

Paleys upon Pilers by Studio Weave

Architects and designers Studio Weave's latest temporary commission has been unveiled in Aldgate in East London. The artists were commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects for the Olympic Games. The site marks the location of the historic Aldgate - where writer Geoffrey Chaucer lived between 1374 and 1386. 

Called Paleys upon Pilers (palace on pillars), the design was inspired by two dream poems (The House of Fame and The Parlement of Foules) written by Chaucer while he lived in the rooms above the gate. Paleys upon Pilers also marks the start of High Street 2012, the route from the City of London to the Games in Stratford. It was officially opened on the 27th July and will remain in place for the rest of the summer.

The project was constructed in place of the 100 metre-tall glass elevator that won a competition for the site back in 2010 but was abandoned when funding couldn’t be raised.

Read more about the project on Studio Weave's website:

There's also an article on Dezeen:

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