Last year’s Jane Drew Prize-winner Grafton Architects has unveiled a new installation at the V&A as part of London Design Festival
The installation, named the Ogham Wall, has been inspired by the Irish Ogham alphabet and is made up of 23 3m-tall concrete fins, each representing a letter of the alphabet.
The piece has been installed in the V&A’s tapestry gallery and invites visitors to engage with its tactile surfaces which vary in texture, temperature and colour.
Each of the fins is unique and has been cast using a combination of ‘old-school artisan approaches’ combined with digital moulding technology developed by manufacturer Graphic Relief.
Shelley McNamara, director of Grafton Architects, said: ‘In developing plans for The Ogham Wall, we wanted to design something that would be visually striking but would also encourage engagement and interaction.
‘Concrete is often considered a ‘poor’ material in the built environment. However, Graphic Relief has developed a very sophisticated mould and mixture of metallics to bring the ancient and modern together, creating beautiful and rich columns that we have placed in an almost rhythmic manner.’
She added: ‘This exploratory collaboration has allowed us to look at the use of concrete and digital processes as we have not done previously and may inform our future projects.’