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Architectural model - Forever Forest, Endless Sea

Forever Forest, Endless Sea

  • Object:

    Architectural model

  • Place of origin:

    Tromso, Norway (made)

  • Date:

    2009 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    70°N Arkitektur (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Acrylic mirror, metal mesh, plexiglass, printed film, plywood, steel rod

  • Credit Line:

    Given by 70°N Arkitektur

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case ABOVE 4A

Using the landscape of the Museum as a test site, the V&A invited nineteen architects to submit proposals for structures that examine notions of refuge and retreat. Responding to specific locations in the Museum, the architects explored themes such as study, work, play, performance and contemplation. Seven of the proposals were then selected for construction at full-scale.

These projects promoted an attitude to architecture where to 'dwell' meant something more than simply to find shelter. Each building invited the participation of the viewer. These immersive environments reawakened people's ability to inhabit architectural space on both a physical and an emotional level.

Inspired by fairytales, dreams and magic mirrors, the two proposals isolate and intensify natural elements found in the V&A's John Madejski Garden. They blur the boundaries between reality and invention. Situated on top of an ellipse pond and around a tree, each one uses mirrors to create an immersive, contemplative space - an infinite sea and an infinite forest.

Physical description

Architectural model, a rectangular box made out of acrylic mirror supported by steel rods, which are inserted into a square base made of layers of plexiglass, blue printed film and plywood; a thin plastic film covers the exterior of the acrylic mirror box; one side of the box is hinged and can be opened, the bottom of the box is made of clear plexiglass and there is a strip of metal mesh protruding from one end of the box, overlapping the base.

Place of Origin

Tromso, Norway (made)


2009 (made)


70°N Arkitektur (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Acrylic mirror, metal mesh, plexiglass, printed film, plywood, steel rod


Height: 19.1 cm, Width: 20 cm, Depth: 30.5 cm, :

Descriptive line

Architectural model, for 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces exhibition, 70°N Arkitektur, Tromso, 2009

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Abraham Thomas, 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces (London: V&A publications, 2010)


Acrylic; Mesh; Plywood; Steel; Material


Architecture; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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