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Fashion Gallery | Victoria & Albert Museum . London

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The fashion gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum reopens on 19th May 2012 following an extensive refurbishment designed by 6a architects. The gallery will house the fashion collection and temporary exhibitions for the next decade. Gallery 40, or the Octagon Court, is one of the largest and most architecturally distinctive interior spaces at the v&a. Built in 1909 by Aston Webb, the Grade I listed gallery is a vast domed space, with deep arched alcoves carved out of its perimeter. In 1962, the gallery was dramatically reconfigured with the insertion of a steel framed mezzanine, and the original mosaic floor covered over. Continue reading 6a architects

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In MANIERA’s 4th series, entitled Dust Free Friends, 6a architects re-examines the long tradition of self-build that has shared the journey through modernism with industry and craft. A lot has happened since Enzo Mari opened the field of designer furniture to the user with his ‘autoprogettazione’. Affordable lifestyle consumerism has more or less ousted messy and old-fashioned DIY from our homes. Continue reading 6a architects

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Courtyard Villa . London

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New courtyard villa in London. Old brick garden walls, averaging 4.5m high, form a land-locked site 46m long by 10-15m wide that was previously used as garages. During the early years of the Industrial Revolution, pits around the site had provided the clay for the brick infrastructure of the coming railway age. A 60m lane, barely wider than a car, connects the site to a square surrounded by nineteenth century villas. These are set in generously planted gardens typical of the period’s expansion of north London following the arrival of the railway to Kings Cross a mile to the south. Continue reading 6a architects