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Architectural model - An Infinite Vision of Summer

An Infinite Vision of Summer

  • Object:

    Architectural model

  • Place of origin:

    Linz (made)

  • Date:

    2009 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Heringer, Anna (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gypsum, polystyrene and couscous

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Anna Heringer

  • 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.

This project evokes the sights, smells and textures of summer. At the heart of the structure is a meditation chamber. Visitors would enter it barefoot, so feeling the sea of barley grain that floods the room. They might then lie down in the bathtubs and enjoy a view of the suspended upside-down barley fields, swaying gently in an artificial breeze.

Physical description

A model of a chamber, made out of polystyrene and gypsum, with organic, rippling white walls and a flat base. The chamber contains six models of white bathtubs made out of the same material and the base is covered by a layer of loose couscous granules.

Place of Origin

Linz (made)


2009 (made)


Heringer, Anna (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gypsum, polystyrene and couscous


Height: 150 mm, Width: 280 mm, Depth: 240 mm

Descriptive line

Model, 'An Infinite Vision of Summer', 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces exhibition, Anna Heringer, Linz, 2009

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

Thomas, Abraham, 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces, London: V&A Publishing, 2010. ISBN 9781851776412


Gypsum; Polystyrene; Material


Architecture; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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