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Architects Build Small Spaces at the V&A

23.07.2010

Architects Build Small Spaces at the V&A

We attended the brilliant ‘Architects Build Small Spaces’ exhibition at V&A this week. Full scale designs from 7 architects have been constructed throughout the gallery and examine what can be meant by refuge and retreat. All the exhibits allow you to get right up close and explore the spaces and show how small areas can push creative boundaries.

There are some beautiful designs, our favourite was the freestanding bookcase tower by Rintala Eggertsson Architects (Ark). It consists of hundreds of shelves containing thousands of books. It reaches right up the V&A, allowing you to go up high on the central steps and take rest stops to read the books on display. Wobbly near the top but well worth the risk!

Other images we liked are from Terunobu Fujimori (Beetle’s House) and Rural Studio (Woodshed). It is a wonderful exhibition, well worth a visit.

The exhibition runs until 30th August.
www.vam.ac.uk/collections/architecture/smallspaces

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