Walking in the Gingerbread City

It’s been over 10 months since my last post and blogging has been on my mind ever since. I did use Instagram on and off in the meantime, but I do miss writing here, so I am trying to come back. And today I got a push to do so because yesterday we went to Victoria & Albert Museum to walk through the Gingerbread City! And the experience was too lovely and I took too many photos to keep all this to myself. Therefore, I am back online, writing about our visit and hopefully about many other things in the future.

The complete name of the exhibition is “The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City at the V&A” and it’s open until 6th of January 2019. This event happens every year, as the Museum of Architecture invites architects, designers and engineers to create a city made of gingerbread and sweets. The city is located at level 4 in V&A Museum and I would advise, in case you plan a visit, to pre-book your tickets as today for example the exhibition was sold out.

And this is how it all begins, as behind these colourful walls a wonderful world and an amazing smell awaits!

Once we stepped into the city, the kids were mesmerized and their attention was soon caught by a short movie on a small screen. The movie was showing how parts of the city have been built. This was so interesting, sort of a “behind the scenes” movie, we all loved it!

After that, we started to explore. The city is divided into 3 zones:

  • “Floating City and Swiss Roll-ing Hill”, with hills, waterways and greenery
  • “Central Slice”, with a variety of buildings designed for learning, commerce and culture
  • “North Bank”, home to the Gingerbread City’s culture park
Opera House – layering and stacking

The idea of the whole city is “what does the ideal city of the future look like?”, and it’s amazing to see our possible cities of the future made of gingerbread and sweets in such great details. And every time you come back to a part of the city for another look, new details catch your eye. Honestly, we could have spent there half a day if it wasn’t for the limited-time slot (which, by the way, ensures that all visitors can peacefully admire the city).

And because words could never describe this amazing city, here are some photos taken yesterday, with a few words under some of them.

Locksley Architects – Sweets in the Sky – curly wurly streets in the sky
Holland Harvey Architects – Shelter from the storm, providing beds, warm food and support for those in need – a reminder that there are around 7500 people sleeping on the streets of London
White Christmas Square (left), Sugar Crystal Towers (because “yummy design can solve all problems” in the Future City) and Yule Log Landscape (front)

Friendly reminder
“Look, mummy, it’s Shrek 2 at the cinema!” (it really was, on the screen)
Flying Fire Station – when tanks are filled with water, drones respond to emergencies by propelling themselves with the help of sugary balloons
Waffle Walls and Cross laminated Gingerbread with large panes of Glacier Mint Glass
Hopkins Architects – Bakewell Bridge, a salute to people around the world

London Sugar HighLine – chocolate finger skis, wafer boards, jewel lined slopes
The City of the Future has Markets that support urban agriculture within the city
The Future City keeps the history by refurbishing old buildings like this old Sweet Factory

View from upstairs (the only place you are allowed to take photos from above)

The exit from the City is via stairs, so you can say goodbye to the gingerbread from above and take some photos as well. And I know I’ve included many photos in this post, but they still don’t capture a quarter of the details, of the stories, of the charm of this Gingerbread City.

In the end, you must be curious how difficult it was not to eat the amazing sculptures, especially having two young kids with us. Let me tell you this, it wasn’t easy! The smell is delicious and the creations are amazing, and at first the kids were mesmerized, but after a while they started to wonder, “Why can’t we eat it? It’s edible, right?”. They didn’t touch anything though, and I am sure that if I had told them “ok, have a bite!” they would’ve said “We can’t, mummy, they are all too beautiful!”.

So, which one is your favourite photo and what do you think of this Future City? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

1 thought on “Walking in the Gingerbread City”

  • The penguins on the mirror ice rink made smile. Also the later pictures showing gray concrete slabs was a surprise! And those little pumpkins too… my favorite type to grow in past years. Once upon a time long long ago we made a Gingerbread house from a kit. One of the good kits that came with bags of hard candy of all sorts plus so many green joojoo ones to look like trees and shrubs. Ah the clove balls, I don’t think I’ve had any since! Anyway, embellished with extra icing and some extra candy (if I remember right?) it was fascinating. And yeah I ate it after Christmas! The icing was HARD and the Gingerbread didn’t taste too great actually =) Anyway, that is one huge Gingerbread city, it must have filled the room with a fantastic aroma, like you say! Best wishes for 2019…

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