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Antepavilion Commission 

An annual competition to design and build an experimental structure for an evolving series of installations on public display at Hoxton Docks on the Regent’s canal at Haggerston.

Hoxton docks aerial image


The project by Antepavilion and sponsor Shiva Ltd with support from the Architecture Foundation offers emerging architects, artists, and designers an opportunity to showcase new and innovative work within a unique urban environment at Columbia and Brunswick Wharf in Hackney.


Antepavilion [M] 2018

Architects, artists and designers are invited to propose a floating structure to be sited on the Regent’s canal at Hoxton Docks in Hackney. The platform for entries is the 62 foot motor barge, ‘Ouse’, built in 1934 for canal operators, Canal Transport Ltd for maintenance on the Leeds-Liverpool canal. Ouse is now moored alongside Hoxton Docks as a base for the new structure.

As with its prececessor, the concept of the floating Antepavilion is not prescribed. Entries may be purely sculptural, structural or political, or have a real or notional function such as social, habitable or performance space. Proposals for public events to take place in the Antepavilion will need to be self-financing or resourced from the overall budget.

The panel of judges will be mindful of sustainability considerations and credit will be given to entries that, for example, make good use of recycled or renewable materials.

The Antepavilion commission is intended to facilitate hands-on engagement with craft and construction. It is therefore part of the brief that the winning design team will be engaged directly with the construction process in a hands-on manner. A credible realisation plan will be an essential feature of the winning proposal. Shortlisted entires will have the opportunity to develop their realisation and construction strategy with engineers from AKTII.  

Background Information

The budget for the project is £25,000 which is split into a £10,000 prize fund and £15,000 worth of materials and labour. Teams are free to subsidise their construction budgets from the prize fund if they choose. The winning team will be invited to work with the workshops, machinery and craftsmen on site at Hoxton Docks leading to the completion and installation of the finished structure by July 2018.

The Barge ‘Ouse’
Ouse is one of two boats built for Canal Transport Ltd by Harkers of Knottingley in 1934. She is 62 feet long, 14 feet 2 inches in beam and 4 feet 8 inches deep. The barge is permanently moored at Hoxton Docks on the blind (south) side of the canal and is not ordinarily accessible to the public. However, she is fitted with a diesel engine and is capable of making journeys on the Regent’s canal providing any structure built on top is low enough to fit under the canal bridges. With a taller, fixed structure the barge would be able to move only between the moorings along the towpath on the north side of the canal between Queen’s Bridge and Haggerston Bridge and the private mooring at Hoxton docks.

Hoxton Docks
Hoxton Docks is a complex of artists’ studios, workshops and events spaces. It occasionally hosts large events. The site is not open to the public except for occasional special events such as Open House.

Some further background and peripheral references
on Ouse and the Regent’s canal can be viewed here.

Entry Process

Entries to the Antepavilion competition should be submitted digitally via the online entry form.

Each entry should comprise a proposal title, team or practice name and two A3 boards describing the proposed structure formatted as a single PDF document. The PDF should be named in the following format [name of proposal]_[name of practice/artist].pdf The boards themselves must be anonymous. Please do not include the names or contact details of your practice in the PDF but only as the file name and in the entry form. Entries will be considered by a cross-disciplinary jury including artists and architects to be announced shortly.

Entry requirements
Entry is open to architects, designers, artists and makers. No formal qualifications or professional registrations are necessary for entrants to the Antepavilion competition. This commission is especially suitable for practitioners at the start of their careers who are interested in hands-on involvement in the realisation of their work. The commission is open for entries from either groups or individuals.


Potential entrants are invited to view the site and barge at one of three open days:

  • Saturday 16 December 13:30 – 15:30
  • Tuesday 9 January 12:00 – 15:00
  • Sunday 4 February 10:00 – 13:00

Visitors should head to Brunswick/Columbia Wharf, 53 Laburnum Street, E2 8BD where there will be further directions. The site of the barge and canal setting can also be seen from the public footpath which runs along the north side of the canal.


The deadline for entries is midnight on Wednesday 28 February. Three to five of the entries will be selected by the panel for further development. A small bursary of £3,000 will be divided equally between the shortlisted applicants to fund the development of their final presentation. AKTII Engineering will also provide support to develop the structural and construction strategy of the shortlisted proposals in the form of one-to-one meetings with each shortlisted team.

Exhibition of shortlist

The shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Hoxton Docks at the Antepavilion opening party.

Questions from entrants

Questions from Entrants may be emailed to Answers will be posted openly as a FAQ on the website asap.