Pea Soup House

In 1820, the artist John Sartain coined the term Pea Soup to describe the thick yellow fog drowning London during the industrial revolution. Londoners became known as Pea Soupers, and today, pollution levels remain extremely high in London; toxic to the communities living in the city.

Public Installation

 
 

Concept

In response to an open call by the London Festival of Architecture 2016, a team of architects, designers and researchers initiated Pea Soup House through a mutual interest in community well-being, and to raise awareness of the largely invisible problem

 of air pollution in London.

 
 

Visualising Data

Playing on the origins of the ‘Pea Soupers’, the installation serves specific soups reflecting the daily air quality index (DAQI) issued by the London Air Quality Network. Inside the servery an exhibition space displays pollution monitoring data, mental and physical health risks and the measures which look to reduce air pollutants in the city. By engaging the local community through food, Pea Soup House raises public awareness of London’s air quality through architecture, education and event.

 
 

Fabrication

Pea Soup House was self- built by the design team using low cost, carbon neutral materials to create a high impact, transportable installation. The design team collaborated with the RIBA Young People’s Forum in creating and assembling the servery at the RIBA’s London headquarters for the ‘Constructing Communities’ exhibition in July 2016.

 
 

Project Team

Client : RIBA
Design : Mina Gospavic, Chris Allen, Ross Galtress, Joe Taylor, Joe Jack Williams, Charlotte Knight, Kristian Bjerre for FCBStudios
Structural Engineers : Expedition
Research : Kings College London
Graphic Design : Studio Mothership
Soup : Clarke's Kitchen