designjunction unveils groundbreaking installations and special features for this year’s show
designjunction, now in its eighth year, is set to transport to the cultural hub of
London’s South Bank this September (20 – 23) with hundreds of product launches,
boutique pop-up shops, bespoke installations, exhibitions, a specially curated talks
programme and dedicated spaces to relax, meet, work and enjoy delicious food.
Mud Shell developed by Stephanie Chaltiel, Riverside Walkway
The Doon Street site, the largest super-structure ever built by designjunction, will
house 200 international design brands and temporary pop up shops. The Riverside
Walkway will showcase a series of outdoor installations, whilst Oxo Tower Wharf
and Bargehouse will host major brand activations, talks and exhibitions.
The Riverside Walkway will provide a platform for Mud Shell, an innovative housing
project marrying ancient earth architecture techniques with the latest drone spraying
Led by architect Stephanie Chaltiel, the project aims to build a simple but sturdy and
durable housing system that can be customised depending on the location. Stephanie
has developed a unique digital tool that can be piloted or programmed to “Drone Spray”
natural materials over a light prefabricated framework until it forms an inhabitable
Designed for both emergency contexts and alternative dwelling systems, Stephanie will
construct one of these mud shells at designjunction in collaboration with students of
London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture. Mud Shell will explore new
methods to transform temporary housing into a permanent innovative habitation
combining sustainable natural materials with advanced technology.
The project is funded by the InnoChain ETN network, a shared research training
environment examining how advances in digital design tools can challenge the building
culture, enabling more sustainable, informed and materially smart design solutions