Exhibition: Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed

This exhibition runs from Sun, 10th Oct 2021 to Fri, 28th Jan 2022. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

25th Oct 2021  
(9am - 6pm)
26th Oct 2021  
(9am - 6pm)
27th Oct 2021  
(9am - 6pm)
28th Oct 2021  
(9am - 6pm)
29th Oct 2021  
(9am - 6pm)
30th Oct 2021  
(10am - 4pm)
1st Nov 2021  
(9am - 6pm)

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge

This exhibition celebrates the role of architectural models in shaping the spaces we live in.

A collaboration between the V&A and the Building Centre, Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed presents the world in miniature; a collection of historical and contemporary models that reveal the evolution of architecture from the first maquette made as a tool for thinking, to a presentation model – a scaled down replica of an architectural intention saying; ‘here I am’.

Shaping Space presents a collection of models responding to three questions: Why are models made? How are models made? And who are models made for?

Architectural models are as old as architecture itself. The exhibition explores the history of models, and highlights the renaissance of craft and the values of making today, alongside the rise of new technologies that mark how the digital age is changing our experience of and access to architectural space.

As children, we encounter scale with wooden blocks and plastic bricks so that we become the master planners of our own tiny cities. From super-sized to miniature, Shaping Space invites the public to experience the spectacle of environments at different scales. The show celebrates the act of thinking through making, presenting the evolution of ideas through models in architectural education and practice. The exhibition will examine how models are a testbed for material experimentation and will touch on themes and debates central to current architectural practice, such as sustainability.

Curated by the Building Centre exhibitions team in partnership with Simona Valeriani of the V&A’s Research Institute (VARI), this collaborative exhibition is designed by award-winning practice Roz Barr Architects, with graphic design by Studio Mathias Clottu.

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Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


The Building Centre,

Store Street, London,

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