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Spiral Booths V&A
V&A Museum 1:1 Exhibition, London, England – design by Vazio S/A, architects
5 Aug 2010
For the 2010 V&A Museum’s “1:1” Exhibition
Design: Vazio S/A Arquitetura e Urbanismo
1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces
15 Jun – 30 Aug 2010
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
This summer, the V&A has commissioned seven architects at the forefront of experimental design to create their first built structures in the UK.
The structures are installed in a number of locations across the Museum and are designed as immersive spaces – places both of encounter and reflection – where visitors can escape the chaos of everyday life and directly experience the architecture first hand. 19 architects were originally invited to submit proposals, the designs and models of which are on display in the V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery.
Spiral Booths by Vazio S/A (Brazil)
Vazio S/A created a series of inter-connected booths set around a central spiral staircase in the V&A’s Porter Gallery. The structure takes as its inspiration elevated dwelling spaces in high-density areas in Brazil.
A number of practitioners working across theatre, dance and music were commissioned to devise new pieces of work in response to the structure, to be performed in the booths at various points during the exhibition.
Other built installations include a wooden retreat elevated on stilt-like legs in the V&A’s new Medieval & Renaissance Galleries by Terunobu Fujimori, and a wooden shed by Rural Studio.
Spiral Booths Design – Proposal
Spiral Booths is an open platform for theatre and dance. The project is composed of six booths and a spiral staircase, all of them working like a condenser of performances that fragments the stage into six and breaks the performace space’s continuity, thus creating new relations between public and artists.
It aims to mix a singular, intricate architectural space with the freedom of activities to be programmed within it; be them experimental or didactic, traditional or contemporary, conventional or avant-garde.
V&A Museum Spiral Booths images / information from Vazio S/A Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Location:V&A Museum, London, UK