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V&A's Small Spaces exhibition opens

The museum has commissioned seven international architects at the forefront of experimental design to create their first built structures in the UK.

The structures are installed in a number of locations across the Museum and designed as immersive spaces where visitors can escape the chaos of everyday life and directly experience the architecture first hand.

Abraham Thomas, V&A Curator of Designs and curator of the exhibition, said: ‘This exhibition investigates small-scale structures and how they can define and enhance notions of everyday experience and personal space.

‘Rather than offering visitors a mediated understanding of architecture through drawing and models, we have made the buildings themselves the core of the exhibition,’ he said.

The V&A’s Porter Gallery is the central hub for the exhibition and short films are also being shown alongside each structure to explain its development from initial design to finished project.

Selected structures will be offered at auction by Phillips de Pury and Company at the end of September 2010.

1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces

15 June - 30 August 2010

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