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1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces (pt. I)

From 15 June to 30 August 2010 the V&A Museum in London shows the exhibition 1:1 Architects Built Small Spaces. 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 cocoonlike booths to enjoy a period of reading and quiet reflection.

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.

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. 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).

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.”

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.

1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces is at the V&A from 15 June to 30 August 2010
Admission is free. Open daily 10.00 – 17.45 and until 22.00 every Friday

1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces is part of the London Festival of Architecture
which takes places from 19 June – 4 July 2010

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