FROM MARGATE WITH LOVE | 5 INTERVENTIONS FOR ARLINGTON HOUSE

Arlington House is a 58-metre high eighteen-storey residential apartment block in Margate, Kent, England.

It was built in 1964, it has 142 apartments, and was designed by Russell Diplock & Associates, developed by Bernard Sunley Trust, and built by the contractors Bernard Sunley & Sons.

The sides of the building have a wave-like design, providing both inland and sea views.

It was initially advertised as "Britain's first ‘park and buy’ shopping centre with luxury flats", incorporating a theatre, restaurant and rooftop swimming pool. (Wikipedia)

when I was in a residency in Margate, the people who live in Arlington House, on the seafront, were in dispute with landlord Freshwater over the plans to build the superstore on the site.

This was the reason I made 5 intervention for Arlington house, remembering the story of the amazing, brutalist building.

9am | PLATFORM FOR LONGINGS


Perspective reconstruction of the legendary sun-deck on Margate Sand’s. The Installation realized on the beach will be visible  from the staircase (10th floor) of Arlington House. At 9 am I will read a part of THE WAIST LAND of TS ELLIOT in the staircase of the 10th floor to the visiting residents.

11am | NEVER BURNED OUT


The action focus on the rumor of the burned Cars in Dreamland. The aligning of the Car-Toys builds a line from the parking lot (that will be destroyed) to the left-over of Dreamland. Kids from the neighborhood are invited to get their toy and bring it home. The visiting adults receive a sticker for their fire extinguisher.


2pm | CONCRETE THOUGHTS


Installation of the letters CONCRETE THOUGHTS in the «Waffles» of Arlington’s Parking. With the participation of teens practicing the Parkour. Reflection about statism and movement. The white letters remind the original white of the facade of Arlington House

5pm | AIR CASTLE


Dream of Balloon release. A tribute on vision, the Utopia of the architecture, the feeling of lightness you have once inside the building.


6pm | FRAGILE HOSPITALITY


Installation of the two golden signs EMIGRATED HEROS and TOOK AWAY. The different delivery services will bring some food (most cultural mix possible). Dinner for all

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