A commission by Giles Round
Factories have been abandoned, offices have been emptied; schools and university campuses have been created in industrial areas; historic buildings have been transformed into banks and information technology centres; artisan sheds have become ateliers for design and fashion; industrial deposits have been recycled to create shopping malls; warehouses have become homes or theatres, offices have become art galleries or hotels; garages have become recording studios; basements have become research laboratories. One works at home and lives in the office.' – Andrea Branzi
Come and explore the repurposed Architecture Gallery as the multi-disciplinary artist Giles Round focuses our attention on one of the most familiar and unavoidable architectural features of the city: the façade.
By turning the gallery into a production studio and shop, this exhibition questions the ways in which we collect, preserve and purchase façades today. Inspired by the work of a wide-range of architects in RIBA’s Collections, it explores the increasing tension between the changing interior and static exterior of the architecture around us and our subsequently unreliable understanding of cities and spaces.