Walking Tour: Architectural Interventions at the V&A

Join us for a walk exploring this year's temporary installations along Exhibition Road, guided by the young architects behind the designs

Starts:

11:00am, Saturday, 16 October 2021

Until:

12:30pm, Saturday, 16 October 2021

Tour Guides:

Nebbia Works
Nebbia Works is a London-based architecture and 3D design studio founded in 2018 by architects Madhav Kidao and Brando Posocco. Working on the periphery of architecture, and adopting a multidisciplinary approach, Nebbia Works focuses on projects which are research and narrative-driven, leading to compelling and often unconventional solutions. Cofounders Kidao and Posocco met working at Heatherwick Studio, where they worked as part of the core design team on the Lincoln Center concert hall redevelopment and Google’s UK HQ in King’s Cross.  

 

Seyi Adelekun
Seyi Adelekun is an artist & architectural designer, currently working at Assemble, as artist-in-residence to develop a social centre for housing rights and land reform in Spitalfields. Seyi’s practice focuses on enhancing the social infrastructures, promoting environmental stewardship and regenerative circular economies through community co-designed placemaking. Seyi is a Black Females in Architecture Advocate who cares about designing inclusive spaces that address the inequalities prohibiting marginalised people from accessing spaces.

 

Juliet Haysom
Juliet Haysom is an artist who is interested in architecture and makes work that has a specific relationship with place. Each of her projects develop out of a period of research, during which latent aspects of a site (such as its geology and history) suggest the strategies and material processes that are employed within the work. 

 

Meneesha Kellay
Meneesha Kellay is a curator and leads on festivals at the V&A Museum, commissioning projects and installations, and curating events and displays for the London Design Festival and London Festival of Architecture among others. Previously she was Public Programmes Curator at the RIBA; ran Open House London 2014; and produced talks and events at the Architectural Association.
 

Duration: Approx 1.5 hr

Time: 11am - 12:30pm

Tickets: £8 // AF Members and Supporters can receive 20% Discount with code

Start: At the entrance to the Sackler Courtyard, Exhibition Road  

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Join us for a walk exploring this year's temporary installations along Exhibition Road, guided by the young architects behind the designs. Comissioned by V&A Festivals Curator, Meneesha Kellay, the structures act a testbed for tacking issues around reuse and circular economy, resulting in a fascinating series of material and conceptual studies. 

The tour begins on Exhibition Road at the Algae Meadow by Seyi Adelekun, artist in residence at Assemble, and Thomas Kendall of Wayward. The duo designed the structure of algae filled timber arches to focus on biodiversity as fundamental aspect of urban life, through careful use of local resources, material and plant ecologies. We will next hear from artist Juliet Haysom and architect & Rotor collaborator Aude-Line Dulière, who will discuss Placeholders, a collection of stone urban furniture made from fragments of the V&A's transformed facade, illustrating the potential of stone as one of the lowest-impact building materials, if quarried and reused locally.

Between Forests and Skies, an immersive, self-supporting pavilion designed by emerging architecture practice Nebbia Works, is the last stop on the tour. Constructed from simple aluminium sheets, the pavilion can be easily dismantled, relocated and rebuilt, demonstrating the material's sustainable potential. After the 16 October, the pavilion will be reinstalled at COP26, and at the end of its lifecycle, will be smelted back into aluminium ingot for a multitude of other uses.  


The Algae Meadow by Seyi Adelekun & Wayward

Highlighting the important ecosystem between land, water and people via a productive algae factory of plant workers, the Algae Meadow explores the role of algae and cyanobacteria as a nutrient-dense biofertilizer for plants and people. The installation is constructed from local, responsibly sourced and recycled material and is a community build project giving opportunities to London based students and volunteers from the Black Females in Architecture network.

Placeholders by Juliet Haysom & Aude-Line Dulière 

When the V&A Aston Webb Screen was transformed from a solid facade into the porous entrance, more than 400 large Portland Stones were removed and donated to a quarry in Dorset, where they have been dormant for nearly a decade. Artist Juliet Haysom and Rotor collaborator Aude-Line Dulière have returned fragments of the facade stone back to Exhibition Road to be used as street furniture, illustrating the enduring possibilities for reusing stone and adding another chapter to their long odyssey. 

Between Forests and Skies by Nebbia Works

Commissioned for this year's London Design Festival at the V&A, of which previous winners include Kengo Kuma, Frida Escobedo and Zaha Hadid, Between Forests and Skies uses a minimal volume of aluminium to create a seemingly delicate yet robust self-supporting structure. Minimal cuts and bends to the sheet material transform it from a 2D object into a complex 3D forest-like space, which mirrors and distorts the shifts and changes of the day. The legs are waterjet-cutouts of each sheet, peeled down from the canopy to open up views to the sky. The 27 pieces are bolted together with an array of circular connection plates attached to the top surface. This system means that the pavilion can be easily dismantled, relocated and rebuilt. 

Photos © Ed Reeve

 

Tour Guides:

Madhav Kidao and Brando Posocco (Nebbia Works)

Nebbia Works is a London-based architecture and 3D design studio founded in 2018 by architects Madhav Kidao and Brando Posocco. Working on the periphery of architecture, and adopting a multidisciplinary approach, Nebbia Works focuses on projects which are research and narrative-driven, leading to compelling and often unconventional solutions. Cofounders Kidao and Posocco met working at Heatherwick Studio, where they worked as part of the core design team on the Lincoln Center concert hall redevelopment and Google’s UK HQ in King’s Cross. 

Seyi Adelekun

Seyi Adelekun is an artist & architectural designer, currently working at Assemble, as artist-in-residence to develop a social centre for housing rights and land reform in Spitalfields. Seyi’s practice focuses on enhancing the social infrastructures, promoting environmental stewardship and regenerative circular economies through community co-designed placemaking. Seyi is a Black Females in Architecture Advocate who cares about designing inclusive spaces that address the inequalities prohibiting marginalised people from accessing spaces.

Juliet Haysom

Juliet Haysom is an artist who is interested in architecture and makes work that has a specific relationship with place. Each of her projects develop out of a period of research, during which latent aspects of a site (such as its geology and history) suggest the strategies and material processes that are employed within the work. 

Meneesha Kellay

Meneesha Kellay is a curator and leads on festivals at the V&A Museum, commissioning projects and installations, and curating events and displays for the London Design Festival and London Festival of Architecture among others. Previously she was Public Programmes Curator at the RIBA; ran Open House London 2014; and produced talks and events at the Architectural Association.