Length x Width x Height is a unique site-specific installation by architect David Adjaye that physically maps the site of inIVA and Autograph’s new home, inviting visitors on a journey through space and light that registers the conditions of the Rivington Place site, both physically and emotionally.
Building on previous collaborative projects with artists Chris Ofili and Faisal Abdu’Allah and his celebrated Asymmetric Chamber (Cube, Manchester, 2003), this new project by Adjaye takes the idea of architecture as sculpture onto a larger scale. Employing the basic elements of architecture – scale and measurement, space and light – Adjaye creates a structure that asks visitors to engage with architecture on a purely physical and emotional level. Constructed from the waste materials of the building industry – the in-between things that usually lie hidden from public gaze – Adjaye’s chamber marks out a physical space where we are invited to reflect upon all the other ‘hidden’ elements of architecture. What lies above and below? What memories and traces of previous occupants and structures have been erased? Where do the boundaries lie between one structure and another, between one way of seeing the world and another? The work incorporates a sound journey with contributions from local people, curated and composed by DJ and writer Charlie Dark.
One of the leading British architects of his generation, David Adjaye lectures internationally and his practice Adjaye/Associates has won a number of prestigious commissions.These include the Idea Store, a new-built library in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets; the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, Norway; the second annual Frieze Art Fair pavilion, Regent’s Park, London; and the Bernie Grant Centre, a theatre, cafe and square in Tottenham, London.
This project is supported by Romag.