Architecture and Jelly

When I was a kid, I read the story of Hans & Gretel, where they discovered the house made of confectionery. The illustration on my book was so good, that I wondered if people might build edible architecture. Well, not quite, but I remember a page on a magazine I came across a few years ago of Bompas & Parr, a jelly-mongers duo who attempted to recreate iconic buildings in the form of jellies. One of their first ones was a replica of the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Sam Bompas and Harry Parr

Sam Bompas and Harry Parr

USA Jelly

USA Jelly

St Paul’s Cathedral jelly with the real one in the background

However, it’s only this weekend that I was aware of the Architecture Jelly Competition, that they helped arranged during the London Festival of Architecture 2008. Teams from UK architecture firms, including Fosters and Rogers, entered the competition to create jelly buildings of their own projects. They’re small and can only show enough detail to be still recognisable. Here, I’d like to show the real buildings next to the jelly version of them.

Barajas Airport_Madrid

Barajas Airport designed by Richard Rogers

Rogers' team competition entry

Rogers’ team competition entry

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Detailed view of Barajas Airport jelly

Eden Project, designed by Nicholas Grimshaw

Grimshaw's team entry

Grimshaw’s team entry

Millenium Bridge_Foster

Millenium Bridge, designed by Norman Foster

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Foster’s office entry

Kew Garden Palm House

Kew Garden Palm House, by Decimus Burton and Richard Turner

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Iain McCaig entry

Entry by Atkins

Entry by Atkins

Fascinating, indeed, and now, perhaps someone is going to invent a jelly 3D-printing machine!

P.S. Since 2008, they have expanded their interest into the artistic direction of food-engineering in a fun and curious way. One of my favourites is the Dirt Banquet, where diners got to experience eating at a Victorian sewage station, and taste certain form of dirt in their dishes. Have a look more of their projects here:



  1. I remember the first jelly in 2008! Glad to see it’s still growing as a tradition.

  2. I’d want to chew the buildings, desperately!

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