Small Scale is Full Scale

By Matthew


This really is a good time for architecture and design enthusiasts to be in London! Until August 30th the exhibition 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces is at the famous Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The V&A asked nineteen architects to use the landscape of the museum and involve the concepts of refuge and retreat in submitting projects. Of these nineteen, seven were hand picked to be constructed around the museum. The small scale of these structures forces the architect’s creativity into play to best utilize the spaces, as well as paying attention to every last detail in material, placement, appearance and functionality. The featured architects are Studio Mumbai Architects, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Vazio S/A, Terunobu Fujimori and Rural Studio. And to hold true to my Norwegian roots I have to give a special mention to the two Norwegian architectural firms included, Helen & Hard Architects and Rintala Eggertsson Architects, both of who’s projects embody great Scandinavian design. Through this innovative exhibition viewers can experience the constructions in a completely unique way that cannot be provided through sketches, video, photographs or other means commonly used by architects. These architects have definitely pushed the boundaries with these small spaces, making it an exhibition not to be missed!

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