Fast & Furious 6 premiere
With its display of classic cars, dancing girls and a star-studded guest list, the party to celebrate the London premiere of the Hollywood film Fast and Furious 6 was an extravagant and glamorous affair.
Such a special event required a special location, which is why organisers not only decided to hold it in the courtyard at Somerset House but chose to host the party inside a series of temporary structures with transparent roofs.
Main bar: two Absolute structures with clear curved Eclipse roofs and window panels.
VIP hospitality: six hexagonal structures with clear roof skins and window panels.
These transparent structures allowed the interior lights to illuminate the courtyard, allowing the VIPs inside to admire the surroundings without having to set foot outside.
Although the temporary structures made an unforgettable impression, working at Somerset House was not without its challenges.
The utmost care was needed when operating amongst its 18th Century architecture and timing was crucial because the venue, which stages art and culture exhibitions, is open to the public during the day.
This meant that the majority of our work to build and disassemble the structure had to be done throughout the night, starting three days before the party took place.
Then, as soon as the party ended, the site team moved in, working until 11am the following morning, then they returned again in the evening and continued working until 5am.
This was a tremendous event to be involved in and, thanks to the planning, hard work and professionalism of the team, a venue was created that was thoroughly befitting of a Hollywood film premiere.