Folke Köbberling Lean-to at BalinHouse, London 2015
„The London borough of Southwark has become a prime site for the capital’s housing crisis rage. From unsold £50m apartments at the top of the Shard to the redevelopment of postwar municipal estates, its 28.5 sq km (11 sq miles) spreading south from the Thames attract claims that London is becoming a high-rise, high-cost city that puts the wealthy first.“* (Dave Will, Guardian)
Folke Köbberling will install for the time from July 18th to September 15th her work “lean-to” on the balcony of the Balin house, a council house in the middle of Southwark. “Lean-to” is made out of old lace curtains, which she has cut and tightly knot into a construction net. A lean-to is a type of simple structure originally added to an existing building with the rafters "leaning" against another wall. The 3 m x 3 m large net is hanging on a scaffolding construction. Investors leave lace curtains hanging in the windows of former tenants to suggest a still active household in the house.
Folke Köbberling creates thru her net a new room on the balcony, which on the one side has associations to debris and construction nets around the neighbourhood, but on the other side, it is lean to space. During the presentation time the space should encourage the residents of the Balin house to communicate about their future, because it seems also this house is endangered to get lost to the capital
fotos: Eduardo Padilha/Balin House
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