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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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Studio Mumbai – tour with Bijoy Jain

The project being built in the V&A Cast Courts by Studio Mumbai (in collaboration with Michael Anastassiades and Kate Dineen) – 'Inbetween Architecture' – has come on in leaps and bounds in just a few days of on-site construction. Today I had a tour of the structure with Bijoy Jain, the director of Studio Mumbai. The main walls have been erected, staircases are in place, and the two mezzanine levels have started to take shape. It was really exciting to have this walk-about with Bijoy and to really get a sense of how these spaces connect with each other, and …

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Construction on Sou Fujimoto’s Inside/Outside Tree begins

This photograph captures the moment the very first acrylic sheet was lifted into position to begin construction on Sou Fujimoto's Inside/Outside Tree. The MDM Props team (the contractors responsible for building the Inside/Outside Tree) have spent the last few weeks assembling the structure off-site at their workshops in south London, and this week marks the start of construction on-site here at the V&A, on the Architecture Gallery landing. http://www.vimeo.com/12369229 This photo, above,shows members of the team meticulously assembling one of the numerous branch elements which make up the tree form. The structure consists of an extremely complicated arrangement of polygons, …

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The Rural Studio ‘Woodshed’ arrives…

Today, Green Oak Carpentry Co., the team responsible for building the Rural Studio 'Woodshed', arrived at the V&A – and they have already made an amazing amount of progress. We're really pleased with the charring effect that the Green Oak team have achieved on the timber – a process of traditional burning, finished with a layer of shellac. The original wood grain stands out beautifully. The structure consists of a number of 'bents', or frames, which are being assembled on-site in the Porter Gallery, with each element hammered into position. http://www.vimeo.com/11992723 Once a bent is assembled, it is then hoisted …

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Studio Mumbai – first week on site at the V&A

Studio Mumbai's construction team arrived at the V&A this week, and have begun building their 'Inbetween Architecture' project in the V&A Cast Courts. The group that have come over to London are a team of craftsmen that have worked on a number of previous Studio Mumbai buildings in India. They are led by Bijoy Jain, director of Studio Mumbai, and Michael Anastassiades and Kate Dineen who have been the co-creators of the project, and have been crucial to the development of the structure. It's quite a sight to see this building slowly emerge, block by block, nestled amongst these objects …

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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…

Actually last week I was whisked off by the husband to Frenchman’s Creek. I had been suffering from anxiety dreams again, you know the ones. I would find myself standing up before a packed lecture theatre pontificating about the exhibtion when I would suddenly look down and discover that I had forgotten to get dressed […]

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Sou Fujimoto Inside/Outside Tree – London workshop fabrication

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 sight) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p458EEViApQ A particularly tricky job is getting the ploygon sheets to all line up with each other, following the detailed design model exactly – while also ensuring that there is structural rigidity – and making …

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Terunobu Fujimori – offsite construction

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 honoured with the presence of Terunobu Fujimori himself (pictured above, with one of the Beetle's House legs). Professor Fujimori has flown over from Tokyo for two weeks to oversee this crucial off-site construction period, ensuring that all goes to plan, before we …

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Helen & Hard – ‘Ratatosk’ off-site construction

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 V&A John Madejski Garden in June…

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Vazio S/A – Spiral Booths off-site construction

This weekwe 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 there are some structures being built off-site by contractors, and then re-assembled at the V&A by those same contractors…pheeew! Confusing, I know. 'Spiral Booths', the structure designed by Vazio S/A, falls into this last category (along with the …

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