Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House Piccadilly
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Sensing Spaces
dal 20/1/2014 al 5/4/2014
daily 10am-6pm, fri 10am-10pm

Segnalato da

Johanna Bennett

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Sensing Spaces

Royal Academy of Arts, London

Architecture Reimagined. The exhibition considers architecture from the angle of the human encounter: how vision, touch, sound and memory play a role in our perceptions of space, pro portion, materials and light.

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In January 2014, Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined will see the Main Galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts transformed by seven architec tural practices from around the world. The RA has commissioned the architects to create site-s pecific installations; the shared brief is to explore the essential elements of architecture. Ins tead of representations of buildings in the form of models, plans or photographs, the RA is re-defin ing the traditional architectural exhibition to immerse visitors in a multi-sensory experience. Sen sing 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, pro portion, materials and light.

The architects include well-known and emerging prac tices and hail from diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds. Collaborating across the glob e on this project are: 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). The architects have been carefully sele cted to form a group whose distinct approaches share similarities and offer contrasts. They all cr eate work that is particularly responsive to people and place. They share an understanding of the senso rial capacity of architecture and its materiality. The interventions within the Academy’s Grade II* li sted galleries will engage visitors with structures, textures, sounds, spaces and even scent s. A monumental structure by Pezo von Ellrichshausen, occupying the largest of the galler ies, will challenge our sense of perspective; inspired by a Ko-Do, the Japanese smell ceremony, K uma will highlight the importance of scent; Kéré’s tunnel will invite visitors to physically in teract with the structure’s fabric; a labyrinth by Li Xiaodong will create a sense of containment and com pression in contrast to Grafton’s exploration of light. Siza and Souto de Moura’s subtle installa tions will encourage visitors to consider the architectural history of the building.

A specially made film will provide visitors with th e opportunity to ‘meet’ the architects. The footage will present a range of their previous building pro jects, transporting the viewer from a house on the rugged Chilean coast to a school in Burkina Faso, A frica. Filmed interviews with the architects will provide further insights about their work and inspi rations. Kate Goodwin, Drue Heinz Curator of Architecture at the RA said ‘Architecture is the ever-present background to our lives and we often don’t recognis e the impact it has. We have challenged the architects to create an experience which excites th e senses and sparks the imagination. We hope to transform the way you think about the spaces aro und you and how they make you feel’. Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Arch itects said ‘ Our interest is to engage the public: it’s about imagination and memory, because if you can touch those chords you create something very powerful.’

For further press information, please contact Johan na Bennett at the Royal Academy Press Office on 020 7300 5615 or

Press view: Tu esday 21 January 2014, 10am – 2pm

Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House Piccadilly - London
Open to public: Saturday 25 January – Sunday 6 Ap ril 2014 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm)
Late night opening: Frida ys until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm)
£14 full price; concessions available; children und er 12 free; Friends of the RA go free

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