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10x10 Drawing the City London

A new exhibition has hung drawn quarters of London for charity

Now in its second year the humanitarian architectural NGO, Article 25’s venture in urban sketching presents a collection of diverse glimpses into London through the eyes of various stars of the design world. The annual exhibition is formed of over a hundred drawings specially made and donated by architects and designers with a connection to the city.

The three rooms at Somerset house are busy with delight, hanging a dense and varied collection, each piece illustrating a familiar place affectionately. There is an evidenced joy among this crowd of otherwise deskbound artisans, who have been let outside to display an infectious love of London and to revel in the pleasure of making. The exuberance of creativity on show draws us to consider the license which such a ‘social purpose’ gives to the exercising of these forgotten forms of widely cherished representation.

Click on the drawings for more information.

Norman Foster


6A – Lord Norman Foster
“The British Museum – A Working Sketch”

A rediscovered sketch from the British Museum competition. It considers the layers of time and change in London as manifest in one building. 

Edward Cullinan


Edward Cullinan
“St Martin’s Lane and Neighbours “

This is an illustration of one of Cullinans favourite London views, looking down St Martins Lane towards Trafalgar Square. It energetically captures the diversity of buildings and attractions in the area, from the bright lights of the West End to the bustle of the underground.

David Adjaye


8D - David Adjaye
Adjaye reconsidered the corner of Long Acre and Endell street in Covent Garden as a cut out of the city. He used a combination of traditional and modern techniques to reflect on London’s mixture of old and new urban fabric.

CJ Lim


5F – CJ Lim
“A Field of Culture”
Chinese characters discovered on walks within CJ Lim’s square in the London grid were redrawn and hand cut to create a blooming image of cultural diversity.

Zaha Hadid


5G – Zaha Hadid
“Leicester Square”

Hadid has reimagined Leicester Square as a subterranean public room. Skypscrapers and voids extend deep below the diminutive London cityscape.

Nicholas Grimshaw


2A – Sir Nicholas Grimshaw 
To celebrate Grimshaw’s connection with the West End, Grimshaw and his office team all contributed to this collection of varied drawings.

Richard Portchmouth


10B – Richard Portchmouth
“Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lincoln’s Inn Fields: ‘Morning reflections – the Breakfast Parlour’”
Porchmouth captures the mystery and charm of the museum by reflecting the façade of the building in the Breakfast Parlours’ spandrel mirror. 

Paul Smith


8J – Paul Smith
“360 Degrees”
Paul Smiths sketch snapshots capture a 360-degree view of Horse Guards’ Road, complete with raindrops. Significant London sights can be seen from every angle, including Big Ben, Horse Guards Parade, and the Mall

10X10 Drawing in the City London

Venue: Somerset House, West Wing
City: London
Dates: 1st-13th November
Free Admission

Additional information

10x10 Drawing the City London website click here
Article 25 webite click here

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