A night at the museum

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of the V&A’s ‘design exhibition of the year’ –  1:1 Artists Build Small Spaces  (a slightly mixed pleasure as I was working – technically).  Very curious and a little confusing but I nevertheless recommend it.

The V&A has put a call out to architects across the world, inviting them to erect small ‘spaces’ within the Gallery itself, ‘buildings within buildings’- if you will.

One construction showed a plaster cast of an Inidan slum – mixed in amid ancient buildings – by Studio Mumbai Architects, the next a treehouse construction, ‘the Beetle’s House’ – below (imported in a box from Japan) by Terunobu Fujimori.  Based on the style of a Japanese tea house this was postitioned among permanent collection works such as 17th century house remains from the Fire of London.  One of my favourites was a ‘climbing fame’  piece by Helen & Hard Architects, carved out of trees in the famous John Madejsky Garden.

Terunobu Fujimori

It’s been pitched as the big design event and, while I’m not sure it quite fulfills the hype, it’s still a lovely outing and well worth the visit.

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