The Progressive Extension of the Field of Individual Development and Experience
- Where:Room 112
DISPLAY: This impactful project comprises a natural a cork floor occupying the existing bridge over the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, in which the visitor is immersed in a world of cork, encountering its visual and tactile properties in a bold effort to challenge existing connotations with the material.
The project is a collaboration between FAT Architecture, the London-based practice renowned for its conceptual approach to architecture, and Amorim, the world’s largest producer of cork. The floor is made up of a series of tiles laid in a repeating trompe l’oeil geometric pattern, which is based on a scientific diagram of the cellular structure of cork as a material.
The pattern also accidentally recalls certain architectural characteristics of the Douro region of Portugal, the world-class wine region so associated with cork, where geometric tile patterns can be found in a number of vernacular buildings and pieces of signature architecture such as the Casa da Musica in Porto.
Supported by Amorim
Part of London Design Festival 2013