1/10 - Our first folly to reveal interprets Mary Wollstonecraft’s identity 

Interpreted Identity: Mary Wollstonecraft
Architects: Foundry and Bottle
Showcased at: The Marlborough Sports Garden, Union Street, SE1
Exhibited: 01 - 30 June

Our first reveal for our month long London Festival of Architecture showcase is Mary Wollstonecraft.  Mary was a writer, a philosopher, a lover, a mother, a traveller, a governess, a feminist, and a teacher, but above all she was a revolutionary thinker who defies definition. 

A biography written by her husband, shortly after her untimely death at 38, exposed intimate details of her life, tarnishing her reputation and works amongst society at the time and leaving a complex legacy as a neglected and forgotten figure.

Despite being considered a founder of feminism and an inspiration for campaigners over the last two centuries, she is critically under appreciated. We want to join the campaign for her wider recognition, with a Folly inspired by her last written work creating a secluded and naturally sublime space for introspective reflections.

In her most famous work, A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women, she argued for women to be accepted as people rather than property, and that their equal education would enable them to contribute fully to the betterment of society.

“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




Foundry and Bottle is a South London based interdisciplinary studio with eight years of collective industry experience. Malina and Jasper are graduates from The Bartlett School of Architecture where they first began explorations between architecture, sculpture, film and immersive technologies.

Olivia Mudie