Southwark Lido: The Book

Gattacicova’s first edition is a book on the Southwark Lido, published with the participation of The Architecture Foundation, EXYZT and Solid Space.


Following the success of EXYZT’s Southwark Lido in 2008, which attracted much positive feedback from visitors and residents alike, we have published a 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.

The book will be on sale from 22nd July 2009 for £10 per copy, plus p&p. You can also purchase copies at a solidarity price of £20 per copy; all proceeds will be invested in future publications.

Please email us at (at) 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 London Festival of Architecture and The Architecture Foundation. First edition of 600 copies.


The book is stocked at the following bookshops:

AA Bookshop
Architectural Association
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
020 7887 4041

The Architecture Foundation
Ground Floor East
136–148 Tooley St
London SE1 2TU
020 7084 6767

The Building Centre Bookshop
26 Store Street
London WC1E 7BT
020 7692 4040

Koenig Books at the Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA
020 7706 4907

RIBA Bookshop London
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London W1B 6DW
020 7256 7222

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
020 7401 5167

Selected stores