On the run up to the Stirling Prize, 2016, The Architect’s Journal takes a look into the six nominated buildings, with interviews from the architects.
At the heart of Oxford’s historic core, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s 1940s, Grade II listed, New Bodleian Library (now known as the Weston Library) is a vital resource for academic research. In 2006, WilkinsonEyre was appointed to refurbish the library as a new cultural and intellectual landmark. The idea was to open up the building to allow more public access and engagement in the activities happening inside. This included the creation of new spaces for a programme of exhibitions and seminars drawing on the extraordinary resources of the Bodleian’s collections.
The design works with, rather than against, Scott’s robust design, reinvigorating the space with an improved circulation diagram – for both book retrieval and user movement – and creating a number of contemporary interventions, including a spectacular reading room at roof level.
Inspired by a childhood spent on the beaches of Cornwall building castles, boats and tunnels in the sand, I decided to return to my favourite beach at Caerhays on the south coast of Cornwall to produce a stool using a primitive form of sand-casting. Molten pewter was poured into a sand mould sculpted directly into the beach by hand, and once cooled the sand was dug away to reveal a pewter stool.
A three screen film installation for the Power Of Making exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. A collaboration between the V&A and the Crafts Council, the exhibition presented 100 crafted objects in a cabinet of curiosities that explored traditional and time-honoured ways of making, as well as innovations taking place around the world. From 6 September 2011 to 2 January 2012, with 320,000 visitors made Power of Making the most visited free exhibition ever staged at the V&A.
Director / Camera: Juriaan Booij
Client: Victoria and Albert Museum / Crafts Council
Commissioning Editor: Daniel Charny
Editor: Mark Whelan
Sound Design / Music: Filipe Sousa
Camera Assistant: Tania Freimuth
Sound Recordists: Matthew Hansell and Stephen Partington
With thanks to Priya Sundram
With special thanks to
Coventry Prototype Panels
Eleanor Pritchard Woven Textile Design
Ndidi Ekubia Silversmith
Sebastian Tarek Bespoke Shoes
David Carpenter, Moorfields Eye Hospital
Industrial Facility Design Studio
Mattiazzi SpA. Furniture Manufacturers
Watson Bros. Gun & Rifle Manufacturers
Stewart Hearn, London Glassworks
WAH Nail Art
Nigel Semmens Surfboards
Ron Arad Design Studio
Format: HD / 16:9
Commissioned for Power of Making
ヴィクトリア＆アルバート博物館で行われた展覧会「Power of Making」のために制作された映像。「つくること」の技術とプロセスを紹介している。
Mountain Hardwear athlete, Cheyne Lempe, created Awake In Me after his trip to Greece. This film is about how going to incredible places isn’t an escape from normal life or trying to hide from problems, but the power and energy in a place like Kalymnos helps you work through whatever struggles life throws at you. Going to beautiful places not only helps jolt back into reality, but it helps me take a step back from that way of unhealthy living and thinking.