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Livia Wang

MA work

87 Hackford Road: A Guided Tour

‘VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1853 – 1890, Painter, lived here 1873 – 1874’

A blue plaque presents Vincent van Gogh’s tenancy as an overt element of 87 Hackford Road’s fabric. Last inhabited in 2010, the house's current state of decay allows space for stories and rumours to whisper from bricks and mortar. Nails and dusty shadows remain where pictures would have hung; notes in chalk are scribbled on the bathroom door, ‘6.20 bath time!’. Walter Benjamin wrote, ‘to live is to leave traces’. Here, such traces abound.

After five years of negotiation with Lambeth Council, planning permission to restore the house has finally been granted. In the last weeks before renovation commences, the project raises wider questions around heritage and conservation, authenticity and the role of replicas. What of the house do we seek to preserve? What holds value?


  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2018

  • Degrees

  • BA Architecture, University of Cambridge, 2014
  • Experience

  • Project Lead, Restoration of 87 Hackford Road, London, 2014 - Present; Intern, Kengo Kuma and Associates, Beijing, 2015 - 2016; Architectural Assistant, Urban Projects Bureau, London, 2014 - 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Carnival of the Animals, San Mei Gallery, London 2017
  • Awards

  • Venice Fellow, British Council, Venice, 2018