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Filling up the tower of books

I was working quite late in the office tonight, and as I was leaving I decided to pass by Rintala Eggertsson's 'Ark' book tower, as I knew that they were working late into the evening too. I stumbled across the wonderful sight of seeing hundreds and hundreds of books being loaded onto the many shelves of the tower. http://www.vimeo.com/12374027 I couldn't resist and had to grab my phone (apologies for the poor quality) and capture some photos and footage of this important moment! It was lovely witnessing this stage of the construction process in the deadly silence of the V&A …

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Boxes and boxes of books…

The Rintala Eggertsson team have started to add shelves to the 'Ark' reading tower… Soon, every facade of the tower will consist of hundreds of these shelves.The structure is really starting to take shape now, and it won't be long before we start loading up the books themselves. We have received generous donations of books from Booth Books and Dominic Winter Book Auctions – and for this we're very grateful, as the project wouldn't have been possible withouttheir support. We would also like to thank UPM who donated the gorgeous Finnish timber from which the tower has been constructed. The …

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Rintala Eggertsson team arrive at the V&A

The team responsible for building Rintala Eggertsson's 'Ark' reading tower have arrived at the V&A. Led by Dagur Eggertsson (one of the partners in the practice, alongside Sami Rintala), the team consists of a wonderful mix of architecture students and previous collaborators. Progress has been pretty quick in the last few days, and they have already started construction on the third floor of the tower. Eventually, this uppermost level will allow visitors to peer out, surrounded by shelves of books, and look into the reading room of the National Art Library. http://www.vimeo.com/11995399 Once the timber framework has been completed, the …

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Visit to Norway – Seljord / Rintala Eggertsson

Last night I travelled from Stavanger to Oslo to meet Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson, the partners of Rintala Eggertsson Architects – and the designers responsible for the 'Ark' book tower which will be situated by the V&A National Art Library staircase, forming part of the '1:1' exhibition. We drove for a couple of hours to reach Seljord where Sami (above, left) and Dagur (above, right) are involved in a number of projects in the local area. The images shown above and directly below are both of a project they have just finished – the 'Smoke Sauna', positioned right on …

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Reading Chambers

I've been thinking a lot about reading spaces recently… Rintala Eggertsson Architects will be building a tower of books for the exhibition, which will be located at the bottom of the National Art Library staircase. As a re-evaluation of notions of the 'archive', the tower will extend to three storeys, and when on the top level you will have a view straight into the National Art Library's reading room – itself, of course, one of the Museum's natural destination for moments of retreat and refuge. While researching my introductory essay for the '1:1' exhibition catalogue, I've been spending a few …

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