Gingerbread houses evoke Hobby Lobby and half-baked attempts to get the walls to stay up before ultimately giving up and eating it. But now, if the London Museum of Architecture has anything to say about it, the candy-coated structures will now be associated with the most brilliant minds in architecture.

In an effort to demonstrate that appreciating good design and a much-beloved holiday tradition can go hand in hand, “Gingerbread City” is a pop-up the museum is hosting that plots out an “idealized cityscape” designed by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. Major firms like Zaha Hadid Architects and Foster + Partners are participating in the creation of everything from major landmarks to residential buildings using gingerbread, candy canes, and frosting.

The end result is pretty magical and runs laps around anything you’re possibly creating on your dining room table in the next few days — unless you, too, can create a multiangular spaceship-shaped skyscraper with cookies and frosting. See the magic in full here.


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