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Building Centre; window shopping

A series of exhibitions connecting back to the 1930 origins of the Building Centre and Frank Yerbury’s intention that the Centre would exist ‘for the mutual benefit of architects and manufacturers of materials and equipment, and all those engaged in the building industry, and to stimulate public interest in building.’

Commissioning shows by leading practices allowed for an opportunity to celebrate materials that are sustainable, beautiful and practical; offering up alternatives that enhance the built environment whilst respecting the planet.

The New Stone Age

27 Feb - Sept 2020

In the light of the climate crisis the materials that make up our built environment need more than ever to prove their worth. Stone has serious sustainability credentials; with the ability to reduce a project’s embodied carbon by an incredible 90 per cent compared to typical steel or concrete frames.

The New Stone Age is a celebration of structural stone; of its potential and beauty as well as its inherent sustainability. Curated by Amin Taha of Groupwork, Steve Webb of Webb Yates and Pierre Bidaud from The Stonemasonry Company Ltd, the exhibition surveys the contemporary use of structural stone.

The New Stone Age exhibition, photo by John MacLean

Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics

20 Sep 2019 to 8 Feb 2020

The exhibition celebrated the resurgence of ceramics in contemporary architecture and brought together designers, artists, manufacturers and ceramicists working on ground-breaking projects in this versatile material.

Curated by the Building Centre and Fettle Studio, the show explored the connection between hand-held ceramic objects and large-scale urban interventions – from the glazed household items that inspire whole building facades to the manufacturers using scaled-up processes familiar to studio potters.

The practices and artists featured in the show included; AHMM, Assemble, Ceràmica Cumella, Denizen Works, ECAlab, EPR Architects with ceramicist Kate Malone, Eric Parry Architects with artist Richard Deacon, FAT Architecture with Grayson Perry, Feilden Fowles, Fettle Studio, Granby Workshop, Grymsdyke Farm, Jamie Fobert Architects, Metropolitan Workshop, Penoyre & Prasad, Piercy & Co.

Grayson Perry on the occasion of his talk with Charles Holland on The House for Essex

Forest of Fabrication – dRMM: pioneers of timber architecture

8 February to 17 May 2019

Forest of Fabrication demonstrated the possibilities of modern timber construction through the lens of Stirling Prize-winning architectural practice dRMM. The exhibition featured twenty-four of dRMM’s critically acclaimed projects that pushed design boundaries through their exploration of the opportunities and challenges of timber structures. The show had a second iteration at RIBA North in Liverpool.

Forest of Fabrication, photo by Francesco Russo

Richard Woods for dRMM, photo by Sue Barr

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