Embassy for Refugees


The Embassy for Refugees is a concept by Natasha Reid, commissioned to be created as the focal point for Celebrating Sanctuary London. Natasha Reid is a designer working between the worlds of architecture and art, having trained and practiced in the architectural profession whilst also developing independent, socially-engaged visual arts projects.



Celebrating Sanctuary London Partners


Celebrating Sanctuary London / Counterpoints Arts
The Embassy was commissioned for CSL, a much-loved, multi-art event promoting Refugee Week UK in London and celebrating refugee culture in the Capital, run by Counterpoints Arts, a hub of creative projects including Refugee Week, Platforma and Simple Acts.

Celebrating Sanctuary London on the South Bank is brought to you in association with the Coin Street Festival. Coin Street Festival is programmed and managed by Coin Street Community Builders in association with Thames Festival.



The Embassy for Refugees project will form a key case study for the Learning Lab at Counterpoints Arts, a series of workshops run in partnership with the British Council in Autumn 2013. The Learning Lab project focuses on the creative arts as a driver for social change in relation to public understandings of migration.



Community Partners


Collaborative Embassy workshops were held with Salusbury World and Capital City Academy to develop the project. The workshops also became part of the Simple Acts campaign.




Embassy Pavilion Sponsors:

Consultancy & Services

Structural Engineering & Detailed Design
Arup has collaborated with the artiste to design and experiment with the formation of an unusual and highly surprising structure constructed from OSB. Using 3D modelling young engineers from Arup have utilised a high tech process to make a low tech solution achievable. Striving to overcome the design challenges to deliver the artiste’s vision, the Pavilion is simple to construct, deconstruct & reconstruct, to meet the requirements of the fast paced programme.


Grassroot Garden is a social enterprise formed from a collective of designers, artists, craftsmen and woodworkers who have delivered several innovative projects along the South Bank



Embassy Pavilion Sponsors:

Materials & Manufacture

Supplier of SmartPly: Coillte Panel Products www.coilltepanelproducts.com

CNC machining: Timbmet www.timbmet.com

Weatherproofing: Icopal www.icopal.co.uk

Support funding: Merz Barn and Littoral Arts Trust www.merzbarn.net www.littoral.org.uk




Pre-fabrication site: The Albert www.thealbert.org.uk

Promotion to industry: Timber Trade Federation www.ttf.co.uk


With thanks also to
Platform-7, Butler & Young Building Control, BWC Fire

© 2013 by Natasha Reid