Presented By Architects of Air


21 June - 23 June 2019

Duration: 1pm-9pm, 11am-9pm, 11am-6pm

Type: Installation


Lose yourself in this dazzling, immersive architectural installation created by Alan Parkinson, whose spectacular “cathedrals of air” have attracted more than 3 million visitors across the world. Why not combine your visit with a pitstop at our Dockside festival site, complete with deckchairs, playful fountains, street food and a bar.

Times and Locations

RAD London
RAD London, Royal Albert Dock, E6 5NE

21st June at 1:00pm

22nd June at 11:00am

23rd June at 11:00am

Watch the trailer


A luminarium, by its nature, gives access to a very broad audience. They are appreciated by all ages, all cultures, all abilities and can be accessed by the elderly and wheelchair users. There is step-free access in and around the installation. We highly encourage audience members to use public transportation to Royal Albert Dock, as Beckton Park DLR station is fully accessible and conveniently located near to the performance site (app. 5 minutes). Look out for our GDIF volunteers, who will be directing audience members from station to site.

Photo route

Our photo route details the most accessible route between the nearest public transportation and performance locations. Download our photo route.

Daedalum access video

Accessible Toilets

Accessible toilets will be on site with a Mobiloo on Friday only – the mobile toilet with hoist and changing table. Please bring your own sling if you wish to use the hoist.

What To Expect

Our What to Expect guide might help you pick which shows to see, especially if members of your group have access needs.

  • Speech free
  • Sensory spectacle
  • Family friendly

Where to find it

Daedalum will be at the Royal Albert Dock, E6 5NE.

The closest DLR station is Beckton Park
Canning Town 6 minutes
Stratford 13 minutes
Bank 24 minutes

About the show

Daedalum is named after Daedalus.  In Greek mythology he was the father of Icarus and the architect of the Labyrinth of Minos. Daedalum’s core element is a maze of 19 egg-shaped domes and the arrangement of the translucent elements that are the dome tops and pods is designed to produce vistas and hues of considerable variety and subtlety.

Exploring the labyrinth, you can also discover 2 major new elements, designed by Alan Parkinson’s son, Meko.  “The Tree” is an adventurous assembly of intersecting volumes rising above the visitor’s head creating many intriguing viewpoints.  “The Main Dome” features an innovative indirect illumination designed to vary the colour inside according to the sun’s direction.

The 600 piece pattern of the Main Dome ceiling (pictured) was loosely inspired by Rome’s Pantheon with its radiant oculus mimicking the sun and the Gustave Doré drawing of angels circling heavenward in Dante’s paradise.

Founder, designer and artistic director Alan Parkinson first started experimenting with pneumatic sculptures in the 1980s and has since developed his own language of form in this plastic medium. In 1992 he established Architects of Air to build and tour his luminarium designs. The company, based in Nottingham, has since then made over 500 exhibitions in 3 more then 40 countries.

“I design luminaria because I want to share my sense of wonder at the phenomenon of light,” says Alan. “A luminarium provides the frame for an encounter with a light whose surprising and simple intensity cuts through conditioned perception.”

Photo credit: Alan Parkinson

Supported by

Royal Docks

The Royal Docks has been a global centre for innovation and industry since the 1800s: established as the largest enclosed port in the world, it facilitated the movement of hundreds of thousands of cargoes and passenger ships, spawning settlements such as Canning Town and North Woolwich, and despite heavy bombing during the Blitz, remained open during the Second World War and kept Britain supplied with food. As its industry was transformed by the containerisation of cargo, the area fell into decline, resulting in high levels of unemployment and social deprivation. The Royal Docks is now experiencing significant change. It is London’s only Enterprise Zone and one of its largest regeneration projects, managed by the Royal Docks Team, a joint initiative by the Mayor of London and the Mayor of Newham.

RAD London

Royal Albert Dock is a new international district that will enable people to accelerate the journey of their business. At RAD, we have designed workspaces that range from 1,300 – 120,000 sq ft on highly flexible terms. RAD has been masterplanned by world-famous Farrells Architects to create a waterfront community with a vibrant high street, shops and other amenities. RAD is situated between three DLR stations, London City Airport and the new Crossrail station at Custom House. RAD is a central part of London’s newest and most exciting destination, the Royal Docks. Phase One 600,000 sq ft delivered Q1 2019.

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