Chill in the air.
While the architect's original concept was enticingly clear, based on tensions and divisions of two opposing ideologies, the loss of the proposed concrete spine dramatically reduced the potency of the organisational diagram. As a result, the interior is now read as a single volume with little or no tension between each 'opposing' side, and there is a sense that the exhibition design has failed to fully exploit the opportunities offered by the building. Despite this, the overall effect is dramatic and awe inspiring. The internal environment is comfortable. Lighting has been extremely well handled. And, long views make up for the lost opportunity to exploit spatial division. For those who grew up with Airfix models suspended above their beds, the experience will be especially appealing. Gone is the thread and Blu Tack, however, with this installation being undertaken by the inventively named expert rigging company, Unusual Rigging.
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|Publication:||The Architectural Review|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2007|
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