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RCKa completes office foyer artwork

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RCKa has completed its contest-winning ‘Acoustitch’ artwork in the foyer of the Crown Estate’s 11 Waterloo Place

The project was one of two winning designs in an Architecture Foundation-run competition for artworks for Charles II Street and 11 Waterloo Place, in St James’s, where the Crown Estate is currently carrying out a £500 million investment plan. 

The artwork, which drew inspiration from the craft-based heritage of the area, displays interwoven patterns which change as the viewer moves through the building’s reception.

Designed to improve the acoustics of the foyer space, RCKa looked to anechoic sound chambers and used high-density acoustic foam as the core material for the artwork to soften the acoustics, creating a more welcoming entrance space.

The installation is constructed from 789 pieces of dyed foam  cut into triangular shapes and coloured sky-blue, white and pink. The shapes have been ‘grouped and rotated to form a homogenic texture and pattern for maximum visual effect’.

Anthea Harries, portfolio manager, St James’s at The Crown Estate, said: ‘Our collaboration with The Architecture Foundation has been a great opportunity for The Crown Estate to support new and emerging talent, encouraging practices to continue pursuing ground-breaking new projects. RCKa’s design adds real flair to the reception space of our recently completed office development at 11 Waterloo Place as part of our ongoing £500m investment vision for St James’s.’

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