Two Lines by David Chipperfield Architects

Landmark Project

17 — 25 Sept 2011

Architecture / Landscape, Materials

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd



For London Design Festival 2011 Size + Matter series, David Chipperfield Architects and Arup created a composition using Sefar Architecture Vision fabric; a metal-coloured fabric mesh, layered between panels designed to create both reflective and translucent qualities.

David Chipperfield Architects created a sculptural dialogue between two identical forms, different only in their orientation and aluminium and copper finishes. Each form consisted of a series of unframed laminated glass panels with corresponding coloured stainless steel connections. Two Lines oscillated between a sculptural relationship of two orthogonal forms and a regular series of simple vertical elements. The interlayer of 50% mesh gave a stronger materiality to the glass, appearing at times monolithic and dynamically translucent, changing over the course of a day. As a result, the installation created a variety of different experiences as visitors move within and around it. The Two Lines installation took place during a high-profile year for David Chipperfield Architects, which saw the completion of two highly lauded UK art galleries, Turner Contemporary in Margate and The Hepworth Wakefield. The 2007 Stirling Prize winner has also been awarded the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture/Mies van der Rohe Award 2011 and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2011. Supported by Sefar and Arup.