Date: 15 June 2010 10:00 - 30 August 2010 17:30
Location: London

Norwegian architects at V&A

Helen & Hard will exhibit at ‘1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces’.

The Victoria & Albert Museum has commissioned seven architects at the forefront of experimental design to create their first built structures in the UK, and two of them are from Norway.

Helen & Hard will create a structure for climbing and exploration inspired by play and childhood memory in a corner of the V&A’s John Madejski Garden. The architects have carefully selected a number of Norwegian ash trees to be scanned and modelled in 3- D. These will be digitally carved to create seats, slides and hand-holds and then capped with an intricate web of woven willow. Helen & Hard was founded in Norway in 1996 by Siv Helene Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf. Their structure to be displayed at V&A is called ‘Ratatosk’.

Norway-based architects Rintala Eggertsson will create a space for study and contemplation by building a reading tower outside the V&A’s National Art Library staircase. The walls of the structure, which is called ‘Ark’, will consist of hundreds of shelves, filled with approximately 6000 books. Visitors will explore the tower via a spiral staircase and browse through the books at their leisure. Running through the core of the tower will be a number of cocoon-like booths, offering an opportunity to enjoy a period of reading and quiet reflection. Rintala Eggertsson was founded in 2008 by architects Dagur Eggertsson and Sami Rintala.

For the exhibition the V&A invited 19 architects to submit concept designs, and seven of the proposals were then selected for construction at full-scale. The other 12 will showcase concept models and presentation panels, and one of them is Tromsø-based 70°N Architecture. Their proposal 'Forever Forest, Endless Sea' is inspired by fairytales, dreams and magic mirrors, and isolate and intensify natural elements found in the V&A’s John Madejski Garden.

The five other structures at ‘1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces’ include ‘Woodshed’ by Rural Studio, Auburn University (U.S.A.), ‘Inbetween Architecture’ by Studio Mumbai (India), ‘Spiral Booths’ by Vazio S/A (Brazil), ‘Beetle’s House’ by Terunobu Fujimori (Japan), and ‘Outside / Inside Tree’ by Sou Fujimoto (Japan). Short films will be shown alongside each structure that explain their development from initial design to finished project.

‘1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces’ is part of the London Festival of Architecture which takes places from 19 June – 4 July 2010. 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. The exhibition curator is Abraham Thomas who is Curator of Designs at the V&A and Lead Curator for architecture. Abraham Thomas is writing a blog to chart the development of the exhibition. 

1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces
15 June – 30 August, 10am-5.30pm (open until 10pm on Fridays)
V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Free admission
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