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The Gingerbread City designed by architects from around the world

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Giulia Guido
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Houses are no longer just made of bricks. The architectural challenge now is to use newer and more advanced materials. We are talking about buildings made of glass, wood, metal, 3D printed, recycled plastics or gingerbread. Yes, you read that right, gingerbread.
This is the challenge that the MoA – Museum of Architecture has been launching to studios, designers and architects for a few years now. 

But let’s explain it better. Since 2016 the MoA has been organising The Gingerbread City every year (except 2020), a project that starts with a call to action addressed to specialists in the field. Any studio, designer or architect can participate by winning a lot of a miniature city that will come to life inside one of the museum’s halls during the Christmas period. 

Each year there is a theme to follow, the 2021 edition for example is Nature and the City: re-wilding and creating space for biodiversity and balance, but in reality the only real rule is that any structure, element or building must be made of gingerbread

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Over the years many names have participated in this initiative, from Zaha Hadid Architects to Foster + Partners, becoming bigger and bigger each year and leading architects to create creations never seen before. In addition to the more playful side, the project aims to raise funds which are donated to various organisations throughout the year. 

Obviously bakeries and confectioners can help participants to ensure the success of each project, as long as each item is edible and can withstand 30 days, the duration of The Gingerbread City. 

The creations between architecture and confectionery were presented to the public on 4 December and will remain on display in the MoA at 6-7 Motcomb St in London until 9 January. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum has organised several workshops dedicated to the creation of gingerbread houses. 

Keep an eye on The Gingerbread City’s Instagram profile to discover all the creations and all the names that took part this year. it’s a great way to get a taste of what’s on offer. 

The Gingerbread City 2016
The Gingerbread City 2017
The Gingerbread City 2018
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The Gingerbread City 2018
The Gingerbread City pan di zenzero
The Gingerbread City 2019
The Gingerbread City pan di zenzero
The Gingerbread City 2019
The Gingerbread City pan di zenzero
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