london: sensing spaces

© royal academy of arts, london / photography: james harris / installation by diébédo francis kéré

as technology advances, many disciplines automatically evolve and can have a dramatic impact on our abilities and perceptions. the royal academy of arts in london has commissioned five architects from across the planet to create site-specific installations that explore what they think are the essential elements of architecture. the objective of the sensing spaces - architecture reimagined exhibition is to redefine the traditional architecture showcase by providing visitors an immersive, multi-sensory experience, instead of using the usual models, plans and photographs.

the show is unique and great fun as its concept is based on human encounters, and perfectly demonstrates how vision, touch, sound and memory play a role in our modern perceptions of space, proportion, materials and light. the participating architects are grafton architects [ireland], diébédo francis kéré [germany/burkina faso], kengo kuma [japan], li xiaodong [china], pezo von ellrichshausen [chile], eduardo souto de moura and álvaro siza [portugal]. they've been selected because of their distinct approaches and understanding of architecture and its materiality [on through apr 6]. location: burlington house, piccadilly [mayfair].

© royal academy of arts, london / photography: james harris / installations by grafton architects [top] and kengo kuma [bottom]