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Roofing delay for Chipperfield’s Size + Matter installation

David Chipperfield’s all-glass Size + Matter installation for the London Festival at the Southbank was incomplete when shown to the press this week

The annual festival commission – which has previously had centrepieces designed by Zaha Hadid, David Adjaye and Amanda Levete – was unveiled to the press with a temporary plywood roof (pictured) yesterday (15 September).

According to festival organiser Ben Evans the intended ceiling – which is made from two sheets of glass containing metal-coated fabric mesh manufactured by SEFAR – failed to join up correctly with one of the structure’s vertical supports.

He said: ‘The final piece didn’t fit properly so we are fixing it over the weekend. One of the connections wasn’t quite in the right place – it was a few millimetres out of place. They’ve just got to take it away and get it adjusted.’

Describing the design, Evans said: ‘[The plan is] almost like two digital fives. [David Chipperfield] called the piece two lines and it was about the ability to meander through it.’

Project architect Andrew Phillips of David Chipperfield Architects confirmed the structure would be complete in time for its official launch next week.

The installation will remain on the Southbank for a month.

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