January 16, 2009


Following the success of the Southwark Lido this summer, which attracted much positive feedback from visitors and residents alike, we have published a short book of images and texts on the Lido.

The book documents the life of the Lido and people’s responses to it. It serves both as a souvenir and as a suggestion of the possibilities offered by the temporary activation of sites in transition. (Further information on the book below)

We are selling the Lido book for £10 per copy, plus p&p, in order pay for the production costs. However, we would be grateful for any further contributions: for example, purchasing copies at a solidarity price of £20 each.

Please email Sara Muzio at southwarklido (at) gmail (dot) com if you would like to buy copies, providing the following information:

Name & Postal Address
Number of copies required at the solidarity price of £20 each
Number of copies required at the retail price of £10 each
Any further donation you would like to make

Further information:

The book consists of 108 printed pages, full colour throughout, with brief texts from participants and photographs. The graphic design is by Directeur Général, part of the EXYZT collective, who gave the Lido its graphic identity. It is printed by eco-printer Foxprint. It includes pages exploring the Southwark and South Bank area, the collaboration with local organisations, building the Lido, the potential for ephemeral architecture in sites in transition, and the constructive relationship between Solid Space, EXYZT, the LFA and The Architecture Foundation.


Borough Market Portraits

July 28, 2008

cocotte-Borough Market / Studio-public

Series of portraits of Borough Market traders -the London’s oldest food market.

This was a satellite action of the Exyzt intervention at the Southwark Lido near by. With the help of Sara Muzio and David Matchett whom we met while working on the project, we found an opportunity to install a photo studio at the market. We brought a frame of a small house, made at the Lido by Exyzt , to use as a reference background. Characters of the market passed by to be photographed in front of the house with items representative of their activities. We enjoyed the opportunity to invite the neighbourhood to come to the Lido, the following night to see large projections of these pictures being screened.

Spécial thanks to all the traders of Borrought market, Sara ,David, Miguel and Exyzt team.
Photographers : Julie Guiches, Claudia Hermandez, Benoit Lorent.



July 17, 2008

southwark lido


southwark lido pool

entrance southwark lido

visitors map

Southwark Lido Impressions

July 11, 2008

People walking by 100 Union street in Southwark, may look surprised, when they discover man and woman in bathing suits and white dressing gowns, a sundeck, paddling pool, beach huts and a real functioning sauna in the middle of London.

Once they’ve entered, relaxing in one of the lazy chairs, sipping at the bar, taking a dip in the pool or enjoying the steamy temperatures of the sauna… they discover what this place is about. It does well to the body and mind we can ensure you that. But there is more going on here than a feast of body culture.

Although being part of London’s Architecture Festival and invited by London’s Architectural Foundation, we even dare to claim that there is more to this place than architecture.

The French collective EXYZT, which reassembles architect-builders, graphic designers, photographers, vj’s and dj’s started this project together with filmmaker Sara Muzio six months ago. The collective is investing this place with all possible means.

We believe in architecture, but not as appearance or representation, but in architecture as fabrication. Architecture as means or alibi opening up a space for invention, creation, improvisation, encounter, meeting, exchange and enhancing human relationships. The low tech scaffolding and wood are as much architecture to us than the high tech projections we will experience late on, the music we enjoy on a daily basis as the people visiting us, cooking, cleaning, living the site.

If Southwark Lido is not about the sauna or the sundeck and even not about architecture, what is really at stake?

1. This place is about encounters. As the Roman bathhouses were once the ideal place for encounters and lively discussions, this place encourages one to meet the other. The encounters at the lido take place on all levels: neighbours, visitors of the festival, passers by, foreigners and locals, come here to meet, enjoy and discuss.

2. This place is also about creating the unexpected. Entering this place is leaving behind old habits and being prepared to discover new ones. This is not a standard place. It is a place for the imaginary. It forces one to open one up towards the other. We believe unexpected spaces can provide an impetus for unexpected encounters.

3. This place is about collective memory. Conceived as temporary installation, this place is realised on a real site, provoking possibilities for the future and leaving behind a trace of a real lived experience.

4. This place is about a constant dynamic. 4 weeks ago the building team arrived and started construction. Even today at the opening, this place is in still “under construction” as it will be tomorrow. Beach chairs or moving constantly, posters are hang on the wall, our neighbour is preparing his beach hut for the next days.

5. This place is far and foremost about the everyday. This is not a static piece of architecture parachuted in this part of London, but a dynamic installation. This place is inhabited during the whole period by the EXYZT team, making them Southwark inhabitants. The idea here is not consuming the area but contributing to it.

6. Finally we could define this place as an urban camp. Created as a whole, self-sustaining environment, welcoming the neighbourhood. Within a context where we are more ignoring or avoiding one another, this project puts forward possible encounters.

Although conceived as temporary installation, we hope to continue our encounters and exchange with you the coming days here in Southwark.

Dimitri Messu & Véronique Patteeuw

Don’t worry ! enjoy the sauna at the lido

July 9, 2008




southwarklido-rainy day

SOWF // Day 5

July 1, 2008

Today we did stickers, loads and loads of stickers. They were to hand out to the public. There was a barbecue sticker and logos for the lido, one of them is a bath tub and one is an upside down man. We went to visit Fritz’s Edible Garden in an estate on Webber Street. They were growing thyme and other herbs, courgettes, beetroot, pumpkins, apple trees, corn on the cob, and flowers, which were all edible, and it was managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust. We met Carole who was one of the creators of the garden. She told us how they identified the site, they went to each door with a clipboard and asked people what they thought about it and eighty percent thought it was a great idea.
When we came back we worked on the performance, but everyone we were relying on to take part did not show up. So we did it ourselves. DIY. We’re going to have to change how we begin the piece, but it will still work, it will be a surprise.
On site today the gravel arrived. Fifteen tonnes. They have been spreading it out evenly with a rake. It didn’t look like easy work. Walking on it isn’t easy either. Also Fred was heating the plastic on the bubble to tighten it up and shrink wrap it to the scaffolding.
On Thursday we’re going to do more graphics with Gonzague and he said we should bring tshirts because we’re going to print on them and also we’re going to try and get our performance up to standard.




Last night

July 1, 2008





Day 10 : Living in the beach huts

July 1, 2008




Open Air Kitchen

July 1, 2008


Light Test

June 28, 2008