Designjunction Presents The Cubitt House Exhibition Space

The intersection of nature and design takes form at Designjunction.

By James L. Knobloch September 15, 2016
Photo courtesy of Dezeen

Architecture, like most things, goes through trends. But unlike Pokemon Go, designer jeans or Ben Carson’s luggage, buildings tend to stick around for a while. One architectural trend seeming to crop up lately is a combining of man-made materials with nature. On the very pages of Agorafy’s Newsroom, we have seen treehouses transformed from a child’s toy to design genius. And now, Satallite Architects have come up with The Cubitt House.

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The Cubitt House is an exhibition space created for Designjunction, an annual design trade show, this year held in Kings Cross, London. According to their website, Designjunction is, “A platform for commercial and cultural design”. Exhibits are spread around the city mostly in unique and industrial spaces. The Cubitt House itself combines natural foliage with a “pixelated” façade. The combination is an unusual juxtaposition of disparate and opposite elements. The “pixels” are actually reflective panels that allow the foliage behind them to peek out here and there. The grid of panels and foliage are actually part of a temporary structure that holds an exhibition. Inside the Cubitt House is an exhibit dedicated to more than 100 top design brands showing off their cutting-edge furniture and lighting designs.

But it could be said that the outside is the real attraction and it has two layers. The outer layer is a 70 meter by seven meter structure composed of GRID, the ingeniously simple and versatile cube system from Icons of Denmark, the “London Home for Danish Design.” The exterior GRID will be the largest of its kind in the world, with more than 4,000 individual cubes, creating a dynamic, breath-taking presence.

Photo courtesy of Satellite Architects
Photo courtesy of Satellite Architects

The GRID will be adorned with a myriad of reflective panels, and beneath it, an inner layer of foliage. As the trees and bushes are glimpsed past the outer layer, it softens the industrial elements. Because the panels are reflective, they help the façade seem larger than it is, amplifying and multiplying both the surroundings and the natural elements within.


James L. Knobloch

ABOUT THE AUTHOR James L. Knobloch

ABOUT THE AUTHOR James L. Knobloch

A creative professional with a sharp tongue and a big smile, taking on city living one slightly-veiled sarcastic comment at a time. Born and raised just outside of New Orleans, James is a living testament to his own mantra, “Southern hospitality is a privilege, not a right,” giving his work a unique, dry humor meets charm perspective.

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