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1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces
Start Date 15/06/2010
End Date 30/08/2010
Location London
Country United Kingdom
Description The V&A has invited seven international and experimental architects to build small structures around the museum, based around the idea of the retreat - in which visitors will be invited to physically explore the spaces. With architects from Norway, USA, Japan, Brazil and India, the exhibition considers the return to architecture's basic purpose as a human shelter and place for rest and reflection. Structures range from a climbing structure in the V&A courtyard created from Norwegian ash trees to a booktower outside the National Art Library filled with 6,000 books for visitors to read in the cocoon-like spaces inside, to a British version of a Japanese tea-house - a wooden retreat elevated on stilts in the V&A's new Medieval & Renaissance Galleries.

Abraham Thomas is writing a blog to chart the development of the exhibition at: www.vam.ac.uk/smallspaces

URL www.vam.ac.uk