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House of Flags

A House of Flags is unveiled across from the House of Commons. 206 panels present the flag icons of all the nations participating in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.


Combined they make a large building jigsaw, a united 'House'. A matrix of symbols, shimmering colours, shadows and perforations invites everyone to experience an image of the world as well as an image of multi-ethnic London.


The installation is designed by AY Architects in response to Greater London Authority's call for new design proposals in connection with the Olympic celebrations this summer. Located on Parliament Square, the installation bridges two very different states: on its exterior the flag motifs demonstratively produce a global image; in its interior the individual identity of each flag is intentionally abstracted, creating a more unified and ambiguous experience of space, volume and light.





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Taken on July 28, 2012