Our daily activities of work, rest, or even entertainment, take place within, and interacting with architecture. The ‘Royal Academy of Arts’ London organizes, from 25 January to 6 April, an exhibition entitled ‘Sensing Spaces: Architecture Rimagined’ predisposing evoke, through spaces created by architects, experience and the power of architecture , placing it within the environment of an art gallery.
Most of the exhibits on architecture, consisting of drawings, photographs and models, maintain a distant relationship between the architecture and the public, creating a different experience than through direct contact with the building. The ‘Royal Academy of Arts’ claims that the physical examination is essential in the understanding of architecture. The audience moves through buildings inhabit. Therefore rethinking how architecture is conceived, reflecting on the way they perceive and assimilate as architectural spaces that communicate with people.
The exhibition has the support of seven prominent architects from around the world. Grafton Architecs (Ireland), Francis Kéré Diébédo (Burkina Faso and Germany), Kengo Kuma (Japan), Li Xiaodong (China) and Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Soto de Moura (Portugal) have been invited to use the galleries of the Academy to create only spaces that are a new visitor experience. These facilities include various aspects of the architecture, since the manipulation of the light, the mass and structure to changes arising from use, the movement and interaction.
The exhibition highlights the commitment of architects with the concept of architecture as something beyond a practical and functional element, getting closer to the human spirit. Through his appreciation of the history, the artists create buildings that know the past, but also highly significant in the present. ‘Sensing Spaces’ has been conceived in a spirit of inquiry, beginning through discussion with architects and developed through the design process. Each architect has explored the potential of architecture, its relevance to people, evoking connections and how it could be expressed using architectural constructions within the academy Renaissance galleries. The result is a range of facilities, both individually and collectively suggest the potential of architectural practice.
At the end of the exhibition, a film gives visitors the opportunity to meet architects. The images have a number of projects of previous constructions, transporting the viewer from a house in the rugged Chilean coast to a school in Burkina Faso. Filmed interviews with architects provide more knowledge about their work and inspirations.
It is a unique experience, whose strength lies in the interaction of three main factors: the nature of physical space, perception of them and their evocative power.