Project team:
Client: Royal Academy of Arts
Curator: Kate Goodwin
Architectural installations: Grafton Architects,
Diébédo Francis Kéré, Kengo Kuma,
Li Xiaodong, Pezo von Ellrichshausen,
Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura
Exhibition design and lighting design:
SHSH Architecture + Scenography –
Shizuka Hariu and Shin Hagiwara

Products applied:
Pulsar Light of Cambridge Ltd.
Arri lighting rental UK

22. May 2015

Monumental

Text: Alison Ritter
Photos: SHSH Architecture + Scenography, manwhole

The presence of architects can be traced back to the third millennium before Christ. Architects are conceivers of buildings and creators of spaces. Their works, in whatever part of the world they are located, are the result of their foresight and design skills, and an expression of the culture in the region where they were active. To appreciate architecture we need light – daylight or electric light – to illuminate surfaces, to create tension and interest through the interplay of light and shadow, to reveal colour and texture, and to enable us to sense the intended atmosphere.

In an exhibition entitled “Sensing Spaces”, which was staged at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last year, visitors were able to experience 1:1 scale installations by seven world-known architects. The exhibition involved a team of architects and lighting designers. In her introduction to Sensing Spaces, exhibition curator Kate Goodwin commented that “our physical exploration of space is central to our understanding of architecture, first detected through the body and senses before being rationalised by the mind”. As the title of the exhibition shows, this was indeed the core ambition of all involved. Unlike other exhibitions on Architecture, in Sensing Spaces nothing was rationalised or taught. There were very few signs, directions, facts or figures given within the galleries. Instead, the installations prompted a process of unlearning, of turning off the rational mind and rediscovering core senses. The challenge was to give visitors a new perspective on architecture. Visitors were encouraged to explore – touch, climb, walk, contemplate – the different environments and discover for themselves the meaning and significance of the various designed spaces.[…]

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The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 97

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