Google+ London Architecture Blog: The Building Centre exhibition - Prototyping Architecture

Friday, 15 March 2013

The Building Centre exhibition - Prototyping Architecture

Protocell Mesh by Phillip Beesley

Some photographs I took today at the Prototyping Architecture Exhibition at the Building Centre. Amongst the prototypes exhibited is Protocell Mesh by Phillip Beesley, which consists of a number of suspended glass filters designed to 'act as a diffuse filter that incrementally process carbon dioxide from the occupied atmosphere and converts it into inert calcium carbonate'. Also on display are experiments for a timber structure outside the entrance to the V&A Museum by Amanda Levete Architects, a 1:1 mock up of the construction of the Loblolly House by Kieran Timberlake as well as designs for a folding aluminium stool and a 3d printed violin designed to compete with the performance of a hand crafted Stradivari .

The exhibition shows a variety of conceptual and abstract prototypes as well as physical constructions and prototypes for built projects. The different designs highlight the vast range of styles which architects and designers are pursuing and contemporary technology such as 3d printing and rapid prototyping. There is little in the way of drawings, either preliminary sketches or developed CAD and presentation drawings. I think this would help to explain a lot of the work, particularly with reference to the process which the individual pieces have undergone. It would be interesting to see not only the prototypes as pieces in themselves, but the processes surrounding them and in particular the end result, as is shown with the prototypes by Amanda Levete Architects.

Protocell Mesh by Phillip Beesley.
Designs for an aluminium folded stool. 
New timber construction.
A 3d printed violin.

Prototypes for 'Timber Wave' structure by Amanda Levete Architects.

The exhibition is open until 20th March.

Click here for more information on the exhibition (links to the building Centre website).

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