Bompas & Parr

Architectural Punchbowl

A punchbowl large enough to serve 25,000 people - and boat on.
Architectural Punchbowl

Recreating a historic drinking occasion

London, 2009: For the Architectural Punchbowl we worked with Courvoisier to explode cocktails to the scale of buildings. After a six month research project with UCL we flooded 33 Portland Place with over four tonnes of punch - enough for 25,000 people. The Punchbowl was so large that engineers Arup had to make sure the building wouldn't collapse under the weight of alcohol. Visitors rafted across the punch before having a drink and toying with the remote control garnishes.

Photography by Barney Steel.