The capital’s favourite riverside cultural hub, The Southbank Centre, is caught up amidst rumours of a watery expansion. If they turn out to be true, a wing of the cultural powerhouse may don a rubber ring and set afloat as early as Autumn 2014. This fantastical move would be a coping mechanism while the Southbank Centre undergoes a refurb that will cost an estimated £120 million (confirmed plans pictured above).
Nicknamed ‘SouthBerg’, the floating solution by Baca Architects would be an improvement on the usual scaffolding and chipboard we associate with building works in London, as long as you don’t suffer from sea sickness. The speculative plans suggest that wooden platforms will surround a central water feature as a temporary home to an art gallery, cinema, and even some offices. Don’t get too excited though, Southbank representatives have denied any involvement with the project so it seems the plans might sink like a lead balloon. Adam Bloodworth
For all upcoming events, see our Southbank Centre listing.