The Bartlett School of Architecture


Wayward Installation Transforms Smithfield Rotunda Gardens

4 July 2019

The House of Wayward Plants’ Smithfield Greenhouse pavilion explores where the plants go after the Royal Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows

The House of Wayward Smithfield Greenhouse by Wayward

As the Associate Director of Wayward, Bartlett Tutor Thomas Kendall oversees the design, production and project management for the practice, who facilitate large-scale plant exchanges and adoption events for unwanted plants. 

The Smithfield Greenhouse is a major new commission for Culture Mile, an area of London that brings music, theatre and art events together in a wealth of creativity. The greenhouse was installed on 12 June in Smithfield Rotunda Gardens and will act as a hub for public events and creative workshops throughout the summer. 

After the Culture Mile’s summer programme Play the Mile, the pavilion will travel to Morden Hall Park, a National Trust property in South London, where it will form part of a permanent space for the House of Wayward Plants and help to establish a recycle-reuse centre for plants and landscape materials.

Volunteer with Wayward
Wayward are looking for volunteers to help rehome the plants from the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. This is a great opportunity get a behind-the-scenes view of the show and help create a greener London.

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Thomas Kendall
Thomas Kendall is a Teaching Fellow in Architectural Design and a Tutor on The Bartlett’s Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies BSc programme.

The House of Wayward Plants
The House of Wayward Plants rehoming project is this year’s Official Reuse Partner of the Royal Horticultural Society’s major shows. This summer, they are teaming up with the National Trust on Saturday 20 July, to run an event where visitors can adopt a plant from the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

Culture Mile
Culture Mile, which stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate, is committed to transforming the north-west of the London City square-mile and aims to redefine the City of London as a global leader in both culture and commerce. 

Play the Mile
This Culture Mile summer programme takes place from 18 May – 25 August and explores the value of play and creativity in everyday life. The Smithfield Greenhouse will act as a hub for Play the Mile public events and creative workshops in Smithfield Rotunda Garden this summer.

Images: The House of Wayward: Smithfield Greenhouse, by Wayward. Photography by Jessica Bernard and Mike Massaro.