Create the Gingerbread City
Please read the following steps and download all the files from the linked words.
Choose the plot you'd like from the updated masterplan. The city is tiered. Please refer to the masterplan for the elevation changes.
Click on the corresponding category below (A, B, C, or D) to purchase your plot and please take note of the specifications to the right of the image.
Once you've chosen your plot please read the additional information at the bottom of this page. You will soon receive the CAD Plan, sketch up model, and Masterplan Document. We will also be supplying you with a recipe, base and LED lights for your plot. Happy baking!
Illustrations by TM Studio
- The funds raised by Gingerbread City Plots will go directly towards the organisation and running costs of Gingerbread City.
- You and your practice get a number of free tickets to the exhibition
- We expect over 40,000 people to attend Gingerbread City this year. Participating is an opportunity to show Londoners how creative you can be, as well as showcase your work in a leading institution such as Somerset House.
- The exhibition had great press coverage last year and your work could end up on BBC, ITV, CNN, Time Out, national and international newspapers such as The Sunday Telegraph, South China Morning Post, Le Figaro, and more and all over blogs and instagram. Just search gingerbread city to see.
- It is a great way for the office to finish the year in a fun and collaborative way.
- You'll help MoA achieve its mission of helping the public better engage with architecture.
- Part of the funds raised from ticket sales will go towards the new Museum of Architecture Grant Giving Fund to be launched in Spring 2020.
Gingerbread City Info
- Once you have bought a plot, you will receive a CAD file from us with the outline of the building boundary and plot boundary as well as a masterplan brief.
- We are providing the bases and LED lights this year for your gingerbread plot. You will need to collect your Gingerbread City base from Tibbalds office, date TBD. The base will have a pre-made hole to allow for LED lighting to go inside. You will need to position the lighting through the hole.
- Structural strength will be important so we recommend practicing! We encourage you to research and test your own recipes for creating your gingerbread pieces. As a guide the recipe here should create a mix that is structurally strong. We suggest using a gingerbread recipe that is crisp and hard and not cake-like. The more cake-like your gingerbread building is, the more likely it will collapse. Avoid using baking soda in the recipe as this can make the biscuits softer and lighter. You can also work with a local bakery to bake the gingerbread for you, just remind them it should not be cake like but hard and crisp.
- You are able to use internal support if needed, but it must not be visible from the outside. The gingerbread building must be made to look completely edible and last the entire 30 days of the exhibition. If there are any issue with your building you will be responsible for coming back to fix them during the exhibition.
- We advise not to stack gingerbread on top of gingerbread or gingerbread on top candy for support. It will not be able to support the weight for the duration of the exhibition.
- We advise not to use jelly as it will go moldy.
- Boiled sweets make excellent window panes and look beautiful when lit up.
- To develop the unique character of the City, all designs should be specific to the Gingerbread City and not plagiarised from elsewhere. There will be awards for the most original, creative and interesting designs. We look forward to seeing some truly experimental designs!
- Built gingerbread buildings will need to be delivered to Somerset House between 1 - 2 December 2019. You will be given a drop off date and time depending on the location of your plot. Further information about the delivery will follow shortly.
- For enquiries about Gingerbread City, please contact: email@example.com.