Inside Cities

Office for Subversive Architecture, KHBT, London , 2015

 

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The design of an exhibition for Arup

Inside Cities - Art and the Build Environment embraces creativity and innovation and is inspired by the Arup 2015 Year Book on Cities.

Curator Deborah Smith and Office for Subversive with KHBT have created Arup‘s show that juxtaposes architectural and engineering works with pieces from renowned artists on the same topics.

The exhibition design proposal aims to create a unified space that becomes the backdrop for the very diverse pieces of art and engineering.

The idea is to 'neutralize' the somewhat eclectic lobby space by filling the whole space with one large volume where different zones have been subtracted for the work on display. This has been done by using more than 500m of white string curtains that are hanging in a dense grid of rows from the ceiling which then have been cut out where the zones were needed.

The permeable volume is representing the city in its entirety and the artefacts within act as examples of the complexity of our build environment today which is to be explored.

The location of each subtracted volume is carefully chosen in order to create a narrative that knits the topic of the works together thus bringing them closer to the visitor but still leaving space for exploration of the exhibition.

Data

  • Begun: May 2015
  • Completed: Jun 2015
  • Floor area: 160m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £8,000
  • Funding: Arup Exhibition Funding
  • Tender date: Apr 2015
  • Address: Arup Gallery, 8 Fitzroy Street, London , W1T 4BQ , United Kingdom

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