Eliana Tomaz

1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces @ The V&A. Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

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By now you've probably realized I love the V&A and Spatial Installations. To get them both together is close to go to paradise, I guess.

For two months and an half the Museum has been hosting an amazing exhibition (today was the last day, I'm affraid). They’ve invited nineteen architects to submit a concept design for a building informed by ideas about retreat and refuge. Seven of these proposals were selected for construction at the Museum.

I’ve visited all of them, but there are two with which I relate quite a lot. The first, the one I’m posting today, was designed by Rintala Eggertsson Architects from Norway.

Situated by the National Art Library (and bookshop), this free-standing wooden tower re-evaluates the concept of the “archive” - REA


The walls are made of hundreds of books (about our environment) and the building materials come from the forests of Finland.


The tower is experienced via a spiral staircase and each floor includes a secluded reading chamber. The moment you sit down, you realized to tower shakes from top to bottom, which to me recalls the idea of how fragile Nature and manmade building can be.


V&A – What do you hope we will experience when we visit your building?
REA – The building is a reference to Nature (…) we hope the visitor will experience a balance joy – using body and mind to travel to unknown spaces.

Soon I’ll post my other favourite small building in this exhibition, The Beetle’s House by Terunobu Fujimori.

Other Spatial Installations you might like.

(Apologies for photos colour quality, but flash option was even worst).