RIBA EXHIBITION: WE LIVE IN THE OFFICE

RIBA exhibition we live in the office by Giles Round_2016

A new exhibition takes place at the RIBA Architecture Gallery from the 22 September 2016 and I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to attend the press preview. This year the artist Giles Round explored the RIBA Collections, an archive that documents architecture though drawings, photographs and models, to create the new exhibition: We live in the office.

The topic is the façade, seen as something static that nowadays we feel the need to preserve and somehow “collect” while the interior and the function of a building keep changing and uodating to give a response to our new needs and demands.

Through his extensive research Giles Round chose façades from different architectural periods, focusing on their aesthetic qualities, which he applied to ceramic sculptures that mimic the structure of a building so that these façades are used or better reused with another contemporary purpose. By simplifying in a graphic way historical images, Round turns buildings into objects and vice versa.

The gallery itself becomes even a production studio and over the course of the exhibition period new sculptures will be produced and all of these together will form a new city scape made of an assembly of façades.

Curious to see how this new sculptural city will be and how much it will grow by the end of the exhibition.


Here are my photos from the press preview

WE LIVE IN THE OFFICE
22 September 2016 – 5 February 2017, free entrance
Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

All photos and words by Nancy Da Campo