Wandering around the Royal Academy’s new exhibition ‘Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined’, those of you who often go to shows at the RA might feel like it’s slightly empty. With only one piece per room (unlike the floor to ceiling paintings in the Summer Show) it is more sparse, but that’s the whole point. Each room has been taken over and transformed by a leading international architect and they want you to rethink your journey through the galleries and appreciate the building itself. And what a great setting to build on; the RA’s grand exhibition halls are truly beautiful in themselves. Some of the architects have elaborated on the existing spaces, while others have created completely new spatial experiences.
My personal highlights included the golden cherubic peepholes (above) at the top of Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s ‘Blue Pavilion’, Kengo Kuma’s dark intimate bamboo creation, Diébédo Francis Kéré’s playful straw tunnel and Li Xiaodon’s meditative woody labyrinth (below).
If these aren’t enough to tempt you along, there’s plenty of great sounding events on the cards too: Speed Conversations with the people behind the show, readings by William Boyd and Sandi Toksvig, secret yoga, a Friday Late party and a whole host of other multi-sensory happenings. Sonya Barber
‘Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined’ opens to the public today (Saturday Jan 25). Find out more at timeout.com/sensingspaces.