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words Oliver Wainwright

The NLA Sky Walk by Carmody Groarke zig-zagged its way through a little-known street behind the British Museum, weaving between picnicking families and medieval dancing workshops.

A kind of “anti-pavilion”, the 160m long ramp – built from a portable staging system and wrapped with black mesh fabric – divided the street into a series of spaces and provided elevated views on to the throngs of activity below.

“We wanted to heighten awareness of the street’s details by doing a simple move,” explains Andy Groarke. From enveloping a stately plane tree to carpeting the cycle lanes with turf, “it was an opportunity to see the space from a completely fresh perspective.”

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