Sensing Spaces

At a new Royal Academy show, touching the artwork on show is not only allowed, but encouraged.

The new Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined exhibition open in Janaury, and will see seven architecture firms from across the world converge to create site-specific installations.

The installations have been designed for visitors to explore with all their senses in order to prompt a re-evaluation of the role of architecture in society, aiming to make architecture’s day-to-day impact on our lives more apparent.

By focussing on the human experience of architecture, rather than the developmental processes involved in creating a building, the exhibition will allow visitors to access architecture in a more immediate and immersive way.

Li Xiaodong

Source: image by Li Xiaodong, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, detail. © Li Xiaodong

Li Xiaodong

Among the architects involved in the exhibition is Kengo Kuma who recently completed the astonishing FRAC contemporary arts centre in Marseilles. 

Kuma’s installation is inspired by the Japanese smell ceremony Ko-Do which centres around the appreciation of incense.

 Kengo Kuma

Source: image by Kengo Kuma, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, London. © Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma

Chilean firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s contribution to the exhibition occupies the largest of the galleries and has been designed to induce an Alice in Wonderland style crisis of perspective. 

The firm has previously created structures designed to disorientate such as the 120 Doors Pavilion in Chile and the Crux Pavilion in Portugal.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a film that introduces the architects and gives visitors a tour of their completed projects across the world.

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined runs from 25 January – 6 April 2014 in the main galleries of both Royal Academy sites at Burlington House, Piccadilly London W1J and Burlington Gardens London W1S.

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