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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, plywood, silver and white paint, aspen branch, artificial turf, nylon

  • Credit Line:

    Given by 70°N Arkitektur

  • Museum number:

    E.1444-2010

  • 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, an acrylic mirror box, with one side open, surrounding an artificial tree made out of an aspen branch with nylon leaves; the exterior of the acrylic mirror box is covered with a thin layer of plastic; the box is fixed to a square plywood base, lightly painted white and inset with a square of green artificial turf; inside the box the turf is covered by a square of metal mesh and a metal mesh strip protrudes from one corner of the box overlapping the base.

Place of Origin

Tromso, Norway (made)

Date

2009 (made)

Artist/maker

70°N Arkitektur (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Acrylic mirror, metal mesh, plywood, silver and white paint, aspen branch, artificial turf, nylon

Dimensions

Height: 32.7 cm, Width: 27.7 cm, Depth: 24 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)

Materials

Acrylic; Mesh; Plywood; Paint; Aspen; Nylon; Material

Categories

Architecture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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