Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined

The Sensing Spaces Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London had expanded my knowledge of the concept and atmosphere of architecture through a different perspective. The power and structure of the installations relates well to my current project and it is interesting to understand the architectural pieces in a different aspect, rather than the functional spaces for everyday living.

Whilst at the exhibition, it was intruging to see how others behave when near the works. Exploration by climbing up the structures such as with the works produced by Pezo von Ellrichshausen allowed people to appreciate the place inside and out.

Another work which had been well thought about was by Li Xiadong. Situated over two rooms, the installation consists of branches for walls and a white light flooring giving a very eerie feel as you walk through the confined space. The passages then lead out to an area with mirrors and a pebbled floor, allowing your sense of hearing and touch to become more aware of the change. The use of mirrors within an interior space is to create an illusion, making spaces seem much larger than usual which Xiadong has done extremely well.

Other structures played with the use of interaction such as using colourful straws to stick through the holes of the works, allowing a sense of play and exceeding the limitations of architectural forms. Although there were solid concrete arches which were interesting, they were very simple and hardly as exciting as the other installations - perhaps that is just due to my age.

The most influential works would probably be by Grafton Architects (situated in the image), as they have highlighted the aspects of light and simplicity, with a strong indication of power and stability. Looking up from different angles allows you to undertand the concept of perspective, with light and shadow being of great importance. The power of the piece is indicated by the composition of the panels - looking up at the works suggests strength and has the power to make one feel very insignificant and small. However, with the concept they are trying to support, this suggestion works extremely well.

I believe that the only way to emphasise the idea of architecture and perspective being so powerful is to create large scale pieces such as in the exhibition which is also impossible for me to create in such a small space for the degree show. With the use of CAD visualisations I will be able to expand my ideas to show how I would actually like my architectural glass panelling to be presented.

Sensing Spaces Exhibition ends 06/04/2014


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