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Some updates from this week's construction progress for Sou Fujimoto's Inside/Outside Tree. Our building contractor, MDM Props, have built a wooden rig which is being used as a support so that each of the acrylic polygons can be slotted into place, and strapped together using the cable ties (there are boxes containing hundreds and hundreds of them at the workshops at the moment...quite a...
I've spent a few days this week at the South London workshops of MDM Props, watching Terunobu Fujimori's 'Beetle's House' being constructed. We've had a wonderful team of volunteers from the RCA Architecture and Sculpture departments helping out with the build (HUGE thanks to the RCA's Sarah Teasley and Nao Matsunaga for co-ordinating) - and we've also been...
So finally...after months of looking at design sketches, maquettes and 3D modelling scans...we at last get a glimpse of the final version of Helen & Hard's 'Ratatosk' climbing structure - and it looks FANTASTIC. Here are some progress shots sent through this morning by Reinhard, Dag and the rest of the team in Stavanger. Can't wait to see this project take up residence in the...
This week we begin construction in London! There are a number of approaches that we are taking with building the seven structures. In some cases, the buildings are being constructed off-site, and abroad, by the architects - and then re-assembled at the V&A; with others, the buildings are being entirely constructed at the V&A (either by the architects, or by building contractors) - and...
Very exciting...Studio Mumbai have just finished off-site construction on their 'Inbetween Architecture' project for the V&A Cast Courts. Here are some photographs of how the structure looks, sitting in their workshop yard in Mumbai. It's especially nice to see the quality of light (particularly the warmth) as the high noon sun reflects off the plaster panels whch...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ou_9DI4XbQ Carlos Teixeira from Vazio S/A Architects has arrived in London with a brand-new model for his 'Spiral Booths' structure (destined for the V&A Porter Gallery, alongside Rural Studio's 'Woodshed'). Here he discusses the spatial arrangement of the performance booths which are arranged around a central spiral staircase. The V&A...
I've finally got hold of some of those amazing images that the Helen & Hard team showed me in the presentation at their studio in Stavanger last week. Shown here, above and below, you can see some of the 3D scanning/modelling drawings - representing the stage before the ash trees are sent to the wood workshop to be carved using a CNC milling machine, based on these very precise 3D '...

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