Gingerbread City

Gingerbread is a key element for a Nordic Christmas, but what happens when you combine it with architects, engineers and sustainable design ideas? The answer is an inspiring festive exhibition.

There is something inherently magical about gingerbread houses and gingerbread cities are on a whole other level. While more commonplace abroad, especially in Norway and Germany, they’re quite rare here. This makes The Museum of Architecture’s annual Gingerbread City in London such a festive treat.

More than 100 architects, ecologists, landscape architects and engineers employ their vision, talent and baking skills to create a futuristic and tasty city. Now in its fifth year, previous themes have included ‘Imagining Cities of the Future.' This year is all about ‘Nature in the City.’

Visitors to the exhibition can vote for their three favourite buildings and the winning designs are awarded a cash prize to fund research.

Each participating firm buys a plot from the carefully designed city plan. With plots including Candy Highline, Caramel Town Hall and Frosting Forest, the results will certainly be mouth-watering. As well as designing the building, the challenge is often creating it in gingerbread. The skill required to obtain the slickness of glass and concrete through gingerbread and candy is a challenge worthy of The Great British Bake Off.

If you aren’t near London or you are feeling creative you can always have a go at creating your own gingerbread village. Tips from the organisers include making gingerbread crisp and hard rather than cake-like so avoid baking soda. Also boiled sweets make beautiful windows. Happy baking!

The Gingerbread City 2021 is exhibiting until 9th January 2022

Address: 6-7 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU

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