Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed

“This special exhibition explores the power of craft in representing design ideas. An associated public programme will explore the idea that models can become key tools for multimodal learning, learning through visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic approaches to deepen our understanding of space and scale. (Simona Valeriani - V& Research Institute)"

In a project developed in collaboration with the V&A Museum, one of the largest and most diverse collections of architectural models ever exhibited in the UK is going on show at the Building Centre London to celebrate it’s 90th anniversary.

The exhibition includes historical and contemporary works by over 60 contributors, including Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid, ScanLAB Projects and includes an Arckit Model representation of the iconic Barcelona Pavilion by Mies Van Der Rohe. We are deeply honoured and privileged to have been invited to exhibit amongst the most revered names in the world of architecture at this prestigious event. A dedicated Arckit table will also be there for visitors to try their hand at creating the next miniature masterpiece.

Simona Valeriani (V& Research Institute), Curator of Shaping Space said:

“‘Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed’ considers ways in which architectural models can engage audiences with architectural and design issues; and explores how digital technologies can be used in the creation and interpretation of models.

“The development of innovative methodologies for collections-based research linked with interventions in multimodal learning, embodied learning and learning-through-making aimed at school children and adults, are areas of research that the V&A Research Institute (VARI) has been exploring extensively. The exhibition and public program will provide a space to share this work with wider audiences.”

The show spotlights the role that models play in shaping the spaces we live in, examining how they are used as a test-bed for experimentation to bring this essential part of the design process to life.

Featuring historical examples as well as works by international contemporary architects, the exhibition demonstrates the dual role of physical and digital model-making in the design process. From super-sized to miniature, visitors will be able to experience the spectacle of built environments at different scales.

This is an utterly unique and ‘one-off' exhibition that will truly dazzle and inspire. For anyone interested in the art of architecture, design and the miniature world of model making, we can't recommend highly enough.

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