Disco Carbonara by Martino Gamper
14 — 22 Sept 2019
Architecture / Landscape, Urban Design
Coal Drops Yard
Coal Drops Yard was home to a Festival Commission by Martino Gamper. This one-off site-specific installation was a playful temporary addition to the King’s Cross architecture: a false facade of a disco with a fresh take on traditional cladding from the Italian Alps.
Gamper’s concept was designed as a gateway within Coal Drops Yard and was inspired by the concept of a Potemkin village. The term comes from stories of a fake portable village built to impress Empress Catherine II by her lover Grigory Potemkin during her journey to Crimea in 1787. The structure had a low environmental impact, with all materials being either waste products, recycled or later repurposed. In addition to the installation, King’s Cross was a Design District for the first time following the success of the area’s Design Route in 2018. It also welcomed back the Design Destination, designjunction. Supported by Coal Drops Yard with further support by Alpi.