London Design Biennale 2023

AP Valletta's proposal ranked second to the national competition for the London Design Biennale 2023.

Developed in collaboratinon with GreenLab Uk and Hannah Dowling, "Follow the water" is a reaction to the imminent water crisis that Malta and many other countries have to urgently tackle. By working with the existing water element in the square and re-interpreting its grid in a playful yet sober manner, the proposal expresses the transformative and communicative power of design while responding to the radical social and environmental changes at the core of the brief.

The proposal focuses on exploiting the water of the existing fountain at the centre of Somerset House as its primary design and concept element. By ‘hacking’ the fountain’s system, water will be transformed from a merely decorative element to the centre of an installation which will question its uses. In this way, its value as primordial generator of life will be evoked in order to raise awareness about its importance for all essential aspects of life. 

We are looking forward to seeing the winning proposal for the beautiful Somerset House courtyard.


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Follow the water