The 25th January 2014 saw the opening of a new exhibition at the Royal Academy in London called “Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined”: the Main Galleries of the exhibition space have been transformed into site-specific installations by seven famous architectural studios.
Li Xiaodong - image copyright Dezeen
Grafton Architects (Ireland), Diébédo Francis Kéré (Germany/Burkina Faso), Kengo Kuma (Japan), Li Xiaodong (China), Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile), Eduardo Souto de Moura and Álvaro Siza (Portugal) were commissioned to explore the essential elements of architecture, “re-defining the traditional architectural exhibition to immerse visitors in a multi-sensory experience. Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined considers architecture from the angle of the human encounter: how vision, touch, sound and memory play a role in our perceptions of space, proportion, materials and light.”
Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris. / © Kengo Kuma & Associates
Kengo Kuma, inspired by the Japanese Ko-Do ceremony of scent, designed a bamboo installation infused with aromas that remind him of his home, the smell of hinoki and that of tatami.
Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris. / © Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s installation concentrates on giving the visitor a new perspective of the exhibition space, specifically the room’s ornamental ceiling.
Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris. / © Kéré Architecture
Diébédo Francis Kéré constructed a plastic honeycomb tunnel where visitors can interact with the installation by adding coloured straws to the structure, transforming the original surface into a colourful spikey mass.