Architectural Drawing

Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker

The H. H. Robertson Ideas for Architecture competitions were known for attracting conceptual designs. The theme for 1979 was ‘An Image for Britain’ on the Hampton site. Jiřičná won first place of 148 entries. The assessors were Norman Foster, Charles Moore and Derek Walker.

Jiřičná’s entry is for a vertical leisure centre, on the competition site beside the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square which eventually became the site for the Sainsbury Wing of the gallery. The 100 metre tower, a metal and pneumatic structure, is in three sections: the Videotron at ground level with electronic entertainments, the Belvedere with its transparent outer wall containing hanging garden, and at the top, the landing pad for airships (at this time Jiřičná was much interested in pneumatic structures and lectured on airships).


object details
Category
Object Type
Brief Description
Competition design for H. H. Robertson Ideas for Architecture, Hampton site, Trafalgar Square, London, by Eva Jiřičná, 1979: sections of Belvedere and Videotron and perspective from Trafalgar Square
Dimensions
  • Height: 415mm
  • Width: 593mm
Credit line
Presented by Eva Jiricna
Summary
The H. H. Robertson Ideas for Architecture competitions were known for attracting conceptual designs. The theme for 1979 was ‘An Image for Britain’ on the Hampton site. Jiřičná won first place of 148 entries. The assessors were Norman Foster, Charles Moore and Derek Walker.



Jiřičná’s entry is for a vertical leisure centre, on the competition site beside the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square which eventually became the site for the Sainsbury Wing of the gallery. The 100 metre tower, a metal and pneumatic structure, is in three sections: the Videotron at ground level with electronic entertainments, the Belvedere with its transparent outer wall containing hanging garden, and at the top, the landing pad for airships (at this time Jiřičná was much interested in pneumatic structures and lectured on airships).

Collection
Accession Number
CD.38-2017

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record createdMarch 9, 2018
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