Sketch of Stratford Porcelain Folly by Architecture for London, hand drawing

The Porcelain Folly is a proposal for a temporary structure in Stratford, East London

The project allows visitors to consider the built industrial history of Stratford, whilst encouraging a moment of reflection and respite from this busy new city quarter.

The Bow Porcelain Factory opened at Stratford High Street in 1747. The project aims to re-investigate the beauty of the porcelain pieces created here, drawing inspiration from the contrast between the historic, industrial landscape in which the pieces were produced and the fine delicate quality of the porcelain itself. This relationship is celebrated in the construction of the folly: with industrial, charred timbers and a partially translucent porcelain roof.