10/10 - Our final folly to reveal interprets the identity of Octavia Hill

Interpreted Identity: Octavia Hill
Architects: Cove Burgess
Showcased at: The Marlborough Sports Garden, Union Street, SE1
Exhibited: 01 - 30 June

London-based architects, Cove Burgess, has represented Octavia Hill as part of Interpreted Identities, a month-long campaign in conjunction with the London Festival of Architecture. 

Octavia Hill was an English social reformer who focused much of her work on improving the living conditions of city inhabitants, particularly those in London, towards the end of the 19th Century.

"Octavia Hill championed many values that, as architects, we have a great respect for. We chose to focus on her love and advocacy of green and public spaces," said Cove Burgess.

"We felt that green spaces in London are worthy of celebration especially as the debate around air quality and natural habitats continues to be at the forefront of public discourse, and with summer on the horizon. Octavia’s role in protecting public green spaces is still felt today, be it on a small scale through individual parks she helped preserve and create to her activism which eventually leading to the 1956 Clean Air Act 3, the Green Belt and the National Trust." 

“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 have been 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

Cove Burgess Architects is a London-based architecture practice who work with funds, property managers and developers to enhance the value of their assets. They make simple, strong and beautiful architecture, that achieves more with less.

Olivia Mudie