3/10 - Our third folly to reveal interprets the identity of P. J. Harvey

Interpreted Identity: P. J. Harvey
Architects: Forge Architects
Showcased at: The Marlborough Sports Garden, Union Street, SE1
Exhibited: 01 - 30 June

The third folly revealed is of extraordinary woman, Polly Jean 'P. J.' Harvey. Her identity has been interpreted by Forge Architects as part of the Interpreted Identities campaign with the London Festival of Architecture which runs through the month of June. 

A musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer, Harvey is a master of many instruments. She is a two-time Mercury Prize winner — the only artist to have been awarded the prize twice. Furthermore, Harvey has been nominated for the Brit Award eight times, has seven Grammy Award nominations and an additional two Mercury Prize nominations.

"In a small act of rebellion we found an ‘Extraordinary Woman’ of our time," said FORGE Architects. "Much like PJ Harvey; Forge are pushing the boundaries set out by the brief, to go taller and add experiential elements. We acknowledged her roots, influences and common themes to come up with a playful proposal in the hope of breaking out of the box to find some rhythm."

“It’s fantastic to see the new Marlborough Sports Garden being used for this design challenge,” said Tim Wood, Chair of BOST. “It's also been wonderful working alongside the LFA to celebrate these unsung local heroes whose stories we are proud to tell.”

Each day we will be showcasing a ‘folly’, so watch this space for the reveals and of course come and see all ten from 01 June - 30 June.

To find out more about the Interpreted Identities design challenge, click here.

For more information on the designers or follies please contact: Concrete Communications olivia@concretecomms.com

FORGE is a London-based practice with a wide range of experience in the planning and procurement of a variety of building types, including residential, community, mixed-use and commercial projects throughout the UK. FORGE sit on a number of community-focused boards. FORGE believes in simple, functional architecture that enhances both its environment and wellbeing of its end users.

Olivia Mudie