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Royal Academy of Arts Sensing Spaces Pavilion

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"Exhibitions of architecture - consisting for the most part of drawings, photographs and models - often distance us from what we might experience in direct contact with a building."

Kate Goodwin, Curator of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts

For the Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Kéré Architecture sought to disrupt the perceived barrier between art display and viewer by creating an interactive environment. It was also important for this micro environment to reflect the modern and industrialized nature of the city through the use of a widely available and recognizable material, plastic. The pavilion consisted of 34 overlapping arches made of honeycomb sheet material, creating a passage between two rooms of the Royal Academy of Arts. With the introduction of multicolored straws, visitors were encouraged to participate in the architecture by adding to it and changing it. Through this simple yet direct manipulation of space, the complex correlation between aesthetics and community where heightened.

Sensing Spaces: Diébédo Francis Kéré from Royal Academy of Arts on Vimeo. Videography by Candida Richardson


STATUS: Temporary Exhibition 
SITE: Royal Academy of Arts / London / United Kingdom

SIZE: 45
CLIENT: Royal Academy of Arts