1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces at the V&A

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1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces at the V&A

Architectural structures by seven architects including Terunobu Fujimori (above), Rintala Eggertsson and Sou Fujimoto open to the public today in the galleries of the V&A museum in London.

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Above: Inside/Outside Tree by Sou Fujimoto, 2010 Commissioned by the V&A

Called 1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces, the structures include a wooden tower housing over 6000 books within a spiral staircase by Rintala Eggertsson, and a tea house on stilts by Fujimori.

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Above: Ratatosk by Helen & Hard, 2010 Commissioned by the V&A

Models and designs of nineteen proposals originally submitted will be on show in the museum's architecture gallery while films will explain the development of each built project.

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Above: Ark by Rintala Eggertsson Architects, 2010 Commissioned by the V&A

Visitors will be able to explore each one between 15 June and 30 August.

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Above: Woodshed by Rural Studio, 2010 Commissioned by the V&A

More details on the exhibition blog.

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Above: In Between Architecture by Studio Mumbai, 2010 Commissioned by the V&A

Here's some more information from the V&A:


1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces
15 June – 30 August 2010

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Above: Spiral Booths by Vazio S/A, 2010 Commissioned by the V&A

This summer, the V&A has commissioned seven architects at the forefront of experimental design to create their first built structures in the UK.

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The structures will be installed in a number of locations across the Museum and are designed as immersive spaces – places both of encounter and reflection – where visitors can escape the chaos of everyday life and directly experience the architecture first hand.

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Installations will include a reading tower by Norwegian architects Rintala Eggertsson consisting of shelves filled with over 6000 books. Visitors will be able to explore the tower via a spiral staircase and browse through the books before retreating to cocoon-like booths to enjoy a period of reading and quiet reflection.

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Leading Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori will build a wooden retreat elevated on stilt-like legs in the V&A’s new Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. Visitors will be invited to climb barefoot into the space via a ladder to gain a new perspective on the surrounding galleries.

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Helen & Hard Architects (Norway) will create a playful climbing structure out of Norwegian ash trees in the John Madejski Garden and Studio Mumbai (India) will build a series of narrow corridors and claustrophobic spaces in the Cast Courts inspired by the parasitic architecture that emerges between existing buildings in high-density urban centres.

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There will also be a structure by Sou Fujimoto (Japan) and performance and creative work spaces by Rural Studio, Auburn University (USA) and Vazio S/A (Brazil).

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Abraham Thomas, V&A Curator of Designs and curator of the exhibition, said:

“This exhibition will investigate small-scale structures and how they can define and enhance notions of everyday experience and personal space. Rather than offering visitors a mediated understanding of architecture through drawing and models, we want to make the buildings themselves the core of the exhibition.”

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19 architects were originally invited to submit proposals, the designs and models of which will be on display in the V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery. The V&A’s Porter Gallery will be the central hub for the exhibition and short films will also be shown alongside each structure that explain their development from initial design to finished project.

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  • tanya telford – T

    accidentally came across some of these last week (pre opening), inspiring – kind of inquisitive (about the) objects and spaces , will definitely visit again now its open,

  • http://www.wannekes.com Tanneke

    I espcially like the black house, would be also great as a tree house.

  • edward

    Uniformly high quality work. Like to see it in person.

  • Joe

    really crafted – positive, human moves in a post-gloss yawn-digital era… more!!!

  • FF

    Very nice… definitely going to have a look myself in the V&A

  • kaptnk

    I’ve been, and it’s excellent. Especially the bookcase/staircase people keep asking if you can get a flatpack version

  • Név*

    Nice to see how many different ideas these architects came up with, the one by Helen & Hard is awesomely disgusting.