Monday, 24 February 2014

Sensing Spaces - Royal Academy, London

There seemed to be a certain buzz of customer satisfaction at this architecture installation show although the only really successful, really architectural work, for me, was this by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

 ..having the kind allusive, fairy-tale quality (you can climb up or down spiral stairs in the legs or the enclosed ramps behind) that certain other installations aspired too but with more originality and architectural punch.

Souto De Moura and Siza's contributions were disappointingly underpowered whilst Grafton Architects did a perplexing inversion of what you might have expected... by way of massive but clearly fake slabs of 'concrete' floating a couple of metres above the gallery floor...

Above - Grafton Architects. Below - Li Xiaodon's stick-y laberynth

Below - Kengo Kuma
below - Alvaro Siza pulls out all the stops...

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