To coincide with their latest major exhibition Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined, the Royal Academy of Arts will host a special architecture fair that will take place exclusively online. Running from 13 March – 7 April 2014, the Great Architecture Fair will be the Royal Academy’s first ever architecture fair, providing visitors with varying budgets a unique chance to own aspects of this ground-breaking exhibition.
Sensing Spaces considers architecture from the angle of the human encounter: how vision, touch, sound and memory play a role in our perceptions of space, proportion, materials and light. Seven of the world’s most original and exciting architects have created bespoke installations that take over the Main Galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts to convey the power of architecture.
Global in scope, the architects include Pritzker-prize winners to emerging practices: Grafton Architects (Ireland); Diébédo Francis Kéré (Germany/Burkina Faso); Kengo Kuma (Japan); Li Xiaodong (China); Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile); Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura (Portugal).
The Great Architecture Fair will allow the original works from Sensing Spaces to go on to have a life beyond the exhibition. Ranging from complete installation pieces to unique experiences, prices will start from £5. Items for sale include a bag of pebbles used in Li Xiaodong’s labyrinth, Diébédo Francis Kéré’s furniture with inventive use of honeycomb plastic and a private out of hour’s tour of the exhibition. Complete installations include Eduardo Souto de Moura’s concrete arches and Álvaro Siza’s yellow columns. The Royal Academy will also be offering Golden Tickets, which will enter the holder into a prize draw to win a special object from the exhibition.
Visitors to the online Great Architecture Fair will be able to browse the full list of items available and purchase directly online. All proceeds raised from the fair will support the Royal Academy’s internationally renowned exhibition programme, allowing the institution to continue bringing world-class projects, such as Sensing Spaces to new audiences.
Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined continues at the Royal Academy until the 6 April. For more information visit www.royalacademy.org.uk/architecturefair.
1. Dinner with the architect POA. Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014 © www.red-photographic.com.