The architects include well-known and emerging practices and hail from diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds. Collaborating across the globe on this project are: Grafton Architects (Ireland); Diébédo Francis Kéré (Germany/Burkina Faso); Kengo Kuma (Japan); Li Xiaodong (China); Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile); Eduardo Souto de Moura and Álvaro Siza (Portugal).
The architects have been carefully selected to form a group whose distinct approaches share similarities and offer contrasts. They all create work that is particularly responsive to people and place. They share an understanding of the sensorial capacity of architecture and its materiality. The interventions within the Academy’s galleries will engage visitors with structures, textures, sounds, spaces and even scents.
Filmed interviews with the architects will provide further insights about their work and inspirations.
Kate Goodwin, Drue Heinz Curator of Architecture at the RA said “Architecture is the ever-present background to our lives and we often don’t recognise the impact it has. We have challenged the architects to create an experience which excites the senses and sparks the imagination. We hope to transform the way you think about the spaces around you and how they make you feel”.
Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects said “Our interest is to engage the public: it’s about imagination and memory, because if you can touch those chords you create something very powerful.”
25 January – 6 April 2014
Sensing Spaces. Architecture Reimagined
Royal Academy of Arts