Air Draft: an inflatable performance space for London’s canals

Antepavilion 2018

We have teamed up with the Architecture Foundation once again for this year’s Antepavilion!

The competition, now in its second year, aims to challenge normal conventions of a pavilion by inviting architects and artists for the chance to develop experimental designs within London’s urban fabric.

Following last year’s successful rooftop H-VAC by PUP Architects, this year’s Antepavilion is a bright yellow pop-up performance space that will travel London’s canals, and we are pleased to have provided structural engineering support for both the competition process and for the competition-winning design by Thomas Randall-Page and Benedetta Rogers.

‘Air Draft’ uses a historic barge named ‘Ouse’ as the base structure, with the designers installing an inflatable floor and air-filled canopy. This will serve as a pop-up performance space, set to host a variety of events from music to comedy, as well as a place of comfort and relaxation that will be open to the public throughout the summer.

“From the first round this entry stood out for both its technical ambition and its sense of fun: a great combination. Tom and Bene’s design is a showcase of the potential for air-supported structures and how they can be applied in the UK to minimise material uses and create new forms, particularly for temporary or transient structures. It’s also a great way to encourage ‘making’ within the architectural community, and I for one am looking forward to spending some time enjoying it this summer!” – Ed Moseley, Director

Client: Architecture Foundation, Shiva Ltd
Architect: Thomas Randall-Page & Benedetta Rogers

Photos by Jim Stephenson /