In 2015, we joined forces with Architecture 00. Together, we enjoy collaborating in a shared environment where strategic, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists practice design beyond its traditional borders. 00 work with individuals, governments, corporations and communities to solve problems and anticipate change, and to design successful platforms and places. As a studio it aims to reach beyond the design of objects themselves to the social, economic and environmental systems behind them.

Building Opera

In collaboration with clarinettist, singer, and teacher Kazia Smith, Studio Weave were proud to present, for one night only, a unique Opera of Buildings at the ICA.

Taking as a starting point our practice design methodologies of making up fairytales, personifying buildings and landscapes, and discovering the important imaginary relationships between buildings in the city, we made building-puppets and building-costumes and in them performed a Building Opera of nursery rhymes as you’ve never heard them before.

Twenty children thought to themselves: ‘If I were a building, what kind of building would I be?’ Results included the Hotel Magnificent, a country house, a princess palace, a turreted stone castle, twin skyscrapers with green roof gardens and many more…

And as if re-inventing yourself as a building isn’t enough for one evening, we then re-learnt old nursery rhymes with new words and performed an opera telling the tale of two towns who discovered each other and became the best friends two towns have ever been. We even did a few nursery rhyme mash-ups. (All the words are on the right hand side, if you feel like having a sing!)

Thanks to Kazia, the ICA and everyone who took part. What a strange and wonderful evening!