Adaptable architecture gallery

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A group of Brazilian architects have sent us these images of a conceptual, mobile gallery, designed to travel along the river Thames in London.

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The project was developed for a competition organised by architectural agency Arquitectum, called London 2008, by a team of architects made up of Victor Paixao, Miguel Felipe Muralha, Paula Sertorio, Thiago Florez, Andre Mack and Bruno Castro.

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The brief was to design a mobile architecture gallery which could travel along the river and pick up visitors at several locations.

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The project was awarded an honorable mention by a panel of judges chosen by the Architectural Association. See the other winning concepts on the Arquitectum website.

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Watch a video about the project here.

The text below is from the designers:

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Two distinct elements result in an area that symbolizes the dynamics of the city and expresses the unpredictability of human occupation.

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The constant lightness, transparency and visual permeability enable a relationship with the city throughout the course of the river, offering different visions and perspectives of the London landscape. Looks get lost trying to distinguish internal and external space.

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The first element is composed by a form generated by three ellipses that suggests the occupation of the spaces and allows, through the permeability of the structure, the interaction and visibility of the user from any location.

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A winding and fluid space allows individual events, creates different environments, or integrates the entire space of the gallery by projections, holograms, multimedia presentations and virtual experiments, proposing not just a single focal point, but a new perceptive universe.

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The second element determines the limits of the gallery and allows the maximum use of internal space. The rigid form ensures environmental comfort.

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A "switchable glass" system controls the opacity of the glass, which can be changed it to suit the needs of internal activities.

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The facade may serve externally as a support for advertising and as a vehicle for digital media, reversing the perspective and bringing the attention to Thames river.

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  • http://www.inhousevisuals.com dan

    The architecture is beautiful. My kind of building.

    If the final building can hold onto the simplicity of forms that are in these renders then it will be a stunner… but then that is always the difficult bit of building design…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/joanajoana Joana Joana

    It’s interesting the idea of giving a wave to a plave were it’s very difficult to find such.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/joanajoana Joana Joana

    …and it’s a place, not a plave… you got it.

  • http://www.businessfurniture.co.za Sandra Office Furniture

    Unbelievable, this has to be the most incredible thing that I have ever seen in design, to come up with a concept like this is truly amazing. thank you for sharing this and it something that I will be sharing with others.

  • http://www.officefurniture.is.com/ grey

    This makes a building look like a work of art, truly amazing. cant believe how clever some people are. Wish I had a building like this

  • Dude

    Why is there an image of the Villa Savoye in the fourth image? Ironic contrast of styles or… ?