Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined at the RA
04 February 2014
From January 25th to April 6th seven architectural practices will reimagine the Royal Academy of Arts main gallery spaces to produce a multi-sensory experience for the viewer. A series of large scale immersive installations which trigger you to respond to textures, lighting, scents and colours will transform the RA’s traditional grade two listed architecture. The site specific installations play with our perception of space and proportions through evoking our memory of touch, vision and sound. The purpose is to invite the viewer to consider the questions; “how do spaces make us feel? What does architecture do for our lives?” and according to Curator, Kate Goodwin, “We have challenged the architects to create an experience which excites the senses and sparks the imagination.”
The selected seven architects include acclaimed, emerging and collaborative practices which together offer contrast. They include; Pitzker prize winners Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, Diébédo Francis Kéré famed for his school buildings in Burkina Faso, Grafton Architects’ who designed the Stiring Prize nominated University of Limerick, Kengo Kuma architect for the upcoming V&A Dundee, Li Xiaodong professor at the Tsinghua University of Architecture and lastly Pezo von Ellrichshausen company famed for their crossover between art and architecture.