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‘Paper Castles’ exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum

An intricate paper model of the Morpheus Hotel exoskeleton is within the ‘Paper Castles’ exhibition at the V&A for the London Festival of Architecture.

‘Paper Castles’ within the V&A’s Architecture Gallery imagines alternative future architecture floating above the past. Fifteen practices have been invited to create a paper model to sit on top of cases housing models from the museum’s collection. These new models sit in dialogue with those underneath, building on this history to project into the future.

Responding to a model of a pavilion within the Alhambra, Zaha Hadid Architects created a paper model of the Morpheus Hotel’s exoskeleton in Macau.

In Morpheus’ exoskeleton, the structure becomes the architectural expression of the façade. Therefore, the geometrical complexity increases proportionally to the structural challenges. A similar gradient takes place at Alhambra’s pavilion evolving from the columns at the base to the vault, where the fractal-like intricacy of the muqarnas blend architecture, mathematics and art.

Other practices contributing to the exhibition include: OMMX, Hayatsu Architects, Office S&M, Madelon Vriesendorp, Interrobang, RESOLVE, Mobile Studio, WUH architecture, Shahed Saleem, Zaha Hadid Architects, PUP architects, Sarah Wigglesworth, Prince + Selasi, Office Sian.

‘Paper Castles’ exhibition at the V&A
Until Sunday 30 June (10.00-17.15)
Gallery 128
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge
London

‘Paper Castles’ at Victoria & Albert Museum