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Beetle’s House in the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries

This week we began construction of Terunobu Fujimori's 'Beetle's House' in the daylit space of the V&A Medieval & Renaissance Galleries… The images above show the build team from MDM Props carefully placing the roof on Professor Fujimori's teahouse (which will shortly be elevated into position, and have four charred chestnut legs added). Professor Fujimori has been in the UK for the last two weeks, based at the south London MDM workshops, overseeing the meticulous off-site assembly – in collaboration with a number of Royal College of Art students who have contributed a huge amount to this stage of the …

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I shall support her as long as I can, because she is a woman…

I am by nature a woman’s woman. I like the sense of female solidarity you get when you are with a group of like minded women. When the husband was working abroad, my daughters and I would have weekly ‘girlie nights’, huddled on the sofa with bowls of Haribo, covered by our quilts and watching episodes of ‘Pingu’ and ‘Friends’ – an eclectic mix. As a special treat they would be allowed to attend the ‘Prichard soirees’ – friends would be invited round for supper, and coerced into making lavender bags and cakes for the school fete. All this would …

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Studio Mumbai progress continues…

http://www.vimeo.com/12375001 Today I had another tour of the 'Inbetween Architecture' structure with Studio Mumbai's Bijoy Jain. A large number of the plaster panels have now been applied to the building, both on the interior surfaces and to the exterior facade. This cladding has totally transformed the structure, particularly in terms of the warmth of light as reflected off the inside walls. Here, Kate Dineen, one of the co-creators of the project, applies some touches to the plaster finish on one of the external walls: Kate can also be seen in the video, above, with Michael Anastassiades, the other co-creator of …

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(Another) new model from Vazio S/A

We don’t start on-site construction for Vazio S/A’s ‘Spiral Booths’ structure until the week after next, but I just wanted to share with you some photographs of a model which Carlos Teixeira and his team have recently created. The model is especially useful as it gives a better sense of the varying levels of transparency […]

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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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